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Text Mr. Smith briefly outlined the extraterrestrial origin theory. A plot of the frequency and timing of sightings related to the opposition of the planet Mars to the Earth was displayed. Sightings occur at approximately six week intervals, but the frequency is much higher during the periods when the planets are nearing each other such as in the present month. The more reliable observations place these objects at heights of 100 to 300 miles moving with velocities in the order of 1000-2000 mph. Terrestrial bodies making use of airfoils could not operate at these heights. Size and power limitations also negate earthy origins. The brilliance of sighting after sunset could be explained by reflections from the body at these altitudes of the suns illumination, or in daylight by frictional heating or other magnetic heating effects. Considering the orbital velocities of the Earth and Mars (18 and 15 miles per second respectively) and their nearest positions(eg. 52,000,000 miles on May 8th) with a continuous acceleration of 2g for 3 or 4 days, these distances could be traversed.
The Joint Telecommunications Committee was assigned the task of developing a combined CIRVIS plan in conjunction with US Joint Communications and Electronics Committee "as a matter of priority".
The Honourable C.M. Drury , PC, MP
Minister of Industry,
My dear Colleagues:
I concur in the view, expressed in your letter of 23 October, 1967, that it it unnecessary and wasteful of effort to investigate all reported UFO sightings. However, there are samples of recent sightings that have caused considerable local public concern and therefore required investigation by a government agency.
Most frequently reported are sightings of aerial phenomenon which, in general, cannot be fruitfully investigated after the event. Occasionally, however, there are associated physical phenomenon on the ground that require scientific investigation. As examples, reports of investigations into three recent occurences in this category are attached.
UFO REPORT FALCON LAKE, MANITOBA.
A Mr. Steven Michalak of Winnipeg, Manitoba reported that he had come into physical contact with a ufo during a prospecting trip in the Falcon Lake area, some 90 miles east of Winnipeg on the 20 May 67. Mr Michalak state that he was examining a rock formation when two UFOs appeared before him. One of the UFOs remained in the immediate area for a few moments, then flew off at great speed. The second UFO landed a few hundred feet away from his position. As he approached the UFO a side door opened and voices were heard coming from within. Mr. Michalak states he approached the object but was unable to see in due to a bright yellow bluish light that blocked his vision. He endeavoured to communicate with the personnel inside the object but without result. As he approached within a few feet of the object, the door closed, he heard a whining noise, and the object commenced to rotate counter clockwise and finally raised off the ground. He reached out with his left gloved hand and touched the object prior to its lifting off the ground; the glove burned immediately as he touched the object. As the object left the ground the exhaust gasses burned his cap, outer and inner garments and he sustained rather severe stomach and chest burns. As a result of these he was hospitalized for a number of days. The doctors who attended and interviewed Mr. Michalak were unable to obtain any information which could account for the burns to his body. The personal items of clothing which were alleged to have been burnt by the UFO were subjected to extensive analysis at the CNF(?) Crime Laboratory. The analysis was unable to reach any conclusion as to what may have caused the burn damage. Soil samples from the immediate area occupied by the UFO by Mr Michalak were analysed and found to be radioactive to a degree that the samples had to be safely disposed of. An examination of the alleged UFO area was tested by a radiologist from the Department of Health and Welfare and a small area was found to be radioactive. The radiologist was unable to provide an explanation as to why the area had become contaminated
Both DND(?) and NCKP(?) investigation teams were unable to provide evidence which would dispute Mr. Michalak's story.
UFO REPORT CAMROSE, ALBERTA
On August 8th, 1967, a Mr. K Patrige, of Camrose, Alberta, reported the finding of a number of circular impressions in a pasture in the vicinity of the town of Camrose, Alberta. An investigation was conducted by an officer from Canadian Forces Base, Edmonton, in the company of Dr. G. H. Jones, of the Defense Research Board Experimental Station at Suffield.
All the marks exhibited the same general appearance; a ring six inches in width, with diameter varying from slightly over 31 feet to 36 feet. No evidence of host(?) was evident, but a definite impression in the ground, which was soft from recent rains, indicated distinct pressure.