________________ CM . . . . Volume XIII Number 9 . . . . December 22, 2006


The Canadian UFO Report: The Best Cases Revealed. 

Chris Rutkowski & Geoff Dittman.
Toronto, ON: Dundurn, 2006.
333 pp., pbk., $24.99.
ISBN 1-55002-621-6.
Subject Heading:
Unidentified flying objects-Sightings and encounters-Canada.

Grades 9 and up / Ages 14 and up.
Review by Elizabeth Larssen. 

** /4 


At 9:05 p.m. EST on the night of February 9, 1913, a strange phenomenon was seen in the skies over much of Canada and the United States. Beginning in Saskatchewan and heading to the east, a procession of brilliant lights made its way slowly and majestically overhead. Some witnesses described the sight as a red object with a long, fiery tail. Others saw two, three, or more sources of light travelling one behind the other, each with separate trails of sparks. As soon as these were out of sight, dozens of smaller lights in groups of twos, threes and fours passed overhead on the same apparent path, from northwest to southeast, all with glowing tails. 


Did you know that there have been UFO sightings in the Yukon and the Northwest Territories? Books on the paranormal are often popular items with all age groups at public libraries across the country. While many books on the topic deal with UFOs from an American or international perspective, The Canadian UFO Report: The Best Cases Revealed provides background into the popular history of UFOs in Canada. Chris Rutkowski and Geoff Dittman's book provides Canadian content in an area where current Canadian perspectives can often be hard to find.

     The book is grouped chronologically into sections, beginning with The Early Years, which includes pre-20th century sightings and the early decades of the 20th century. It is followed by the Exciting Decades, which details the early post-World War II era until the late 1950s. The Sixties and The Seventies cover significant UFO sightings during these decades, including the Nova Scotia UFO crash, the Landing on Allumette Island and the 1973 Invasion of Quebec. The Transition Years brings in material from the 1980s, such as reports of the notorious Men in Black who use intimidation to guarantee the silence of those who have observed UFO phenomena. Towards the Millennium includes incidents from the 1990s, among which is the Carp Case that sparked investigations in both Canada and the United States. ... And Beyond deals with the early years of the new millennium, with coverage ending in 2004. The final section of the book provides an overview of UFOs in Canadian culture, including a fascinating table of UFO sightings reported in Canada from 1989 to 2004 which suggests that the number of sightings is increasing. The book includes a small number of black and white photographs of sites and materials relating to UFO cases from the 1970s onward. While not specifically marketed as a young adult book, The Canadian UFO Report will pique the interest of many teen readers, making it a useful addition to a public or school library collection. 


Elizabeth Larssen divides her time between her information services position at a local public library and her studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, where she is pursuing a degree in Library and Information Studies. 

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