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The 1992 Canadian UFO Survey
« on: December 09, 2012, 01:06:44 am »
Since 1989, UFO case data has been solicited from all known and active investigators and researchers in Canada for analyses and comparison with other compilations.  Before that time, individual researchers would normally maintain their own files, with little or no communication with others.  Even representatives of major UFO organizations often do not regularly submit case data, and the parent organizations themselves tend not to do much analyses with the data they do receive.

     After favourable responses from the publication of previous Canadian UFO Surveys, UFOROM decided to continue the systematic collection of raw UFO report data in Canada and prepare yearly reports for general circulation.  It has been always felt that the dissemination of such data would be of great advantage to researchers, so it is presented here once
again as data with some analysis.

     The response from Canadian researchers to requests for 1992 data was better than in previous years.  More cases were submitted from more investigators, including those in Ontario, resulting in a marked increase in the number of cases used in the analyses.  While this prevents direct comparisons with previous years, this has the advantage of being more comprehensive.  There are still those researchers, however, who, for whatever reasons, do not submit cases for the annual survey.  In addition, some researchers do not maintain useable case files and do not retain quantitative criteria in their investigations (for example, contactee groups).  It is now suspected that only a small fraction of "active" ufologists and self-proclaimed "researchers" actually investigate cases and maintain useable records.

     In 1989, 141 UFO reports were obtained for analysis.  In 1990, 194 reports were recorded.  In 1991, 165 reports were received.  In 1992, 223 cases were examined.  These reports came from contributing investigators' files, press clippings and the files of the National Research Council of Canada.  The NRC routinely receives UFO reports from private citizens and from RCMP, civic police and military personnel.

     The number of cases in 1992 represents a 35% increase over the previous year, which had been a 15% decrease from that of 1990.  Assuming an average of 180 cases per year, the variation is uniform in either direction, and we can suggest that the number of UFO reports per year in Canada is relatively constant, even allowing for the influx of cases from new contributors.

     In 1992, there were apparent significant increases in the number of reports in Manitoba, while there was an apparent decrease in reports in Alberta and Quebec.  As usual, British Columbia represents the largest fraction of UFO reports of all the provinces.  Since 1990, BC has garnered between 35% and 40% of the total number of cases per year.  As mentioned in previous annual reports, this is partly due to the highly efficient UFO reporting system in that province, and the comparatively large number of active investigators.  The rest of the Provinces appear to have had average numbers of reports in 1991.

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