Ever since I had my first UFO experience, I’ve been wondering what my home and native land’s perspective has been on the UAP phenomenon?  Was it something that was taken seriously?  Was it something our smaller military and government even recognized as a true happening?  I really had no clue.  When I had my first couple of sightings, I reported them in to a place called UFOBC.  This would have been back in 2013.  They took my report via email, placed them on their website, and that was it.  No follow up calls.  No questions.  Nothing.  It was actually quite boring.  I remember feeling that it should have been more like the movies Close Encounters of the Third Kind or Fire in the Sky.  But it wasn’t.  Rather disappointing if you ask me?  On another occasion where four of us saw a white, orb-like UFO, I called in to my former newsroom to see if there was anything flying in the skies of the town I lived in.  A good buddy of mine named John, who was working at the Editor’s Desk that night, answered the phone.  His first question to me was, “Dave, what have you been smoking tonight, or how much have you had to drink?” Honestly, I felt a little defeated because this was real, and I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to do?  But it is what it is.  A couple years later I would launch Spaced Out Radio, and figure out the answers for myself.
Since our show’s inception, I have searched high and large for Canada’s best UFO stories, and really, it only comes down to one.  Most Canadians have heard of Roswell, where a UFO crashed in 1947.  But not many have ever heard of Canada’s version of that event, in Shag Harbour, Nova Scotia.  On October 4th, 1967, as Canada was in the love in of its 100th Anniversary, a strange object crashed into Shag Harbour, which is located right by the Nova Scotian border with Maine.  Dozens of eye witnesses saw this spectacular event, including RCMP officers.  The telephone lines jammed up as people were calling the Mounties to see what was going on?  Was it a plane crash?  Was it a meteor?  Thinking an airliner had crashed, the RCMP immediately dispatched 10 officers to the scene, and they watched this object, whatever it was, sink into the harbour.  The Canadian Navy and one of its dive teams were dispatched, and arrived on scene after confirming that all civilian and military aircraft flying in the area were present and accounted for.  Don Ledger, who was on SOR a couple of years ago to discuss this crash site, informed our audience, that when the Naval dive team went into the water, they actually say beings working in the water to repair the crashed craft.  Nothing they’d ever seen before.  Although the official report states when the dive team went into the water, the craft had disappeared, like nothing was ever there.
Four months earlier, (in a somewhat interesting precursor for the future), in Saint Paul, Alberta, Canada’s second western-most province, on June 3, 1967, to celebrate the coming centennial birthday of Canada, the Defense Minister at the time, a gentleman by the name of Paul Hellyer officially inaugurated a UFO Landing Pad in the town as a symbol of keeping space free from human warfare.  In fact, written at the Memorial Tribute is the following: “The area under the World’s First UFO Landing Pad was designated international by the Town of St. Paul as a symbol of our faith that mankind will maintain the outer universe free from national wars and strife. That future travel in space will be safe for all intergalactic beings, all visitors from earth or otherwise are welcome to this territory and to the Town of St. Paul.”  Little did we know, 38 years later, Hellyer would come out publicly in a 2005 interview stating UFOs and alien life were indeed real.  A campaign in which he is still involved in today at the ripe age of 94.
There’s been some incredible stories in between.  The abduction in 100 Mile House, B.C. of Miriam Delicado comes to mind as one of the most popular.  Canada has also produced some of the world’s best researchers into the phenomenon.  Grant Cameron and Chris Rutkowski from Manitoba.  Victor Viggiani from Toronto.  The Canadian adopted Stanton Friedman.  And the list of newer researchers from Jason Quitt to MJ Banias, and more.  It’s a subject, in Canada, that is still quite taboo.  It’s not public, nor does it seem to be gaining any ground to take off much like the interest in the phenomenon has in the United States.  However, get people alone and comfortable with you and the stories start coming forward.  It’s amazing what a little privacy can do to help someone open up about their UFO experiences. But for the most part it’s not a topic that grips many Canadians.  Why?  Probably because we look to our brothers and sisters to the south to carry on with all of that “weird stuff”.  They’re the ones with the big military and the even bigger secrets.  But maybe times are changing.  According to a 2016 Angus-Reid poll, four in five Canadians believe in aliens.  1,515 people took the survey.  Half of those polled also believe Earth has already been visited.  The poll had a margin of error of +/- 2.5%.  But to talk about it publicly?  Nah, Canadians don’t want the hassle.
This leads to 2017, where I had a conversation with an RCMP officer out of the blue about protocol about UFO reports.  I was amazed to hear his answer which was, “In the air or on the ground?”  Naturally I started with in the air.  His answer stunned me.  If a Canadian calls the local RCMP to report a UFO sighting the following happens.  The RCMP station gets on the phone with Headquarters in Ottawa.  Ottawa then calls NORAD in Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado.  Since NORAD is a joint Canada/US military agreement, whoever picks up the phone would call the closest Canadian Armed Forces base where CF-18 Hornets are stationed, to launch two of the aircraft to try and intercept the UFO.  Now, if the craft was on the ground, RCMP would follow the same protocol as one in the air, with one simple caveat.  They would rush to the scene, and soldiers from the closest ground base would race there as well to cordon off the area for investigation.  Sounds normal, right?  However, this also means that all Canadian UFO reports through the RCMP, are filed with the U.S. Government as well.  Many will say, well, this isn’t a bad thing, is it?  Why make an issue of it?  What’s the big deal?  The big deal is, this is a Canadian event, and the reports are falling into the hands of the U.S. Defense which we all know now, has been conducting secret UFO information gathering.  So what, right?  Wrong.  That means that Canadian people are now on the radar of the American Government for doing what’s right and reporting their sightings and happenings to authorities.  Would you want your personal information known by a foreign government?  I know this sounds conspiratorial, but where is the Canadian security in all of this?  With the games the U.S. Government and Military has played with this subject, I find it reprehensible that the Canadian government would share sensitive information about its citizens and their experiences, when we can’t prove that it has any threat to Canadian safety or defense.
Within the last few days I have also learned that a former UFO researcher, Brian Vike from a small town called Houston, British Columbia, sold his research to Bob Bigelow and Bigelow Advanced Aerospace Space Studies.  Vike had started his HBCCUFO.org in 2002,  His reports and research goals were to collect data from Canadian people who reported incidents of everything from UFO sightings to contact and alien abduction.  It was revealed in 2009 that Vike had sold his domain names to his website to BAASS, for $800.00.  On the current website, it also reads that the “new management, (BAASS) are committed to upholding this successful tradition…..” And that, “HBCCUFO.org Research will continue the tradition of maintaining eyewitness contact information confidential.  We will not give your contact information to third parties.”  Now, there are a couple of questions that need to be asked.  We need to ask Brian Vike if he sold his files to Bigelow or just the website domain name?  That question hasn’t been answered, because the original reports had been taken down.  And if he did sell personal information of people to Bigelow, did he have their permission to do so considering the reports were supposed to be confidential.  So where did all of these Canadian reports go?  Also, the second major question that needs to be asked is, what does a billionaire, U.S. military contractor want with Canadian information of UFO sightings and alien experiences?  Well, that may be more intriguing than you think?  Considering Bigelow was named in that NY Times article on UFOs as having extraterrestrial material for studying at his Bigelow Aerospace facility in Las Vegas, I think it’s highly important to figure out why he wants Canadian reports.
If the Canadian people weren’t so naive about this, maybe they would care as well.  Lord knows the mainstream media doesn’t care, otherwise they’d report on it.  And with the open blindness going on in Canadian UFOlogy, and the ignorance combined with naivity people have in this country to the subject, it’s no wonder someone like Bigelow can come in and swoop up Canadian information from Canadian experiencers without anyone really noticing.  It’s a brilliant score of resources for Bigelow to gain more information from people in another country.  And why not?  How many people having experiences even know who Bob Bigelow is?  How many of them understand that this dude is a HUGE player in the UFO game, even possessing alien materials provided by his Government?  Would you give information to him if you had an experience?  How many of those Canadian reports went into the Pentagon database when they admitted to publicly funding a program between 2007-2012?  Is that fair for Canadians not knowing they’re potentially selling themselves out?  It’s a question that needs to be answered, but also asked!
Dave Scott hosts Spaced Out Radio every Monday through Friday at www.spacedoutradio.com at 9pm PT, 12am ET.  Follow Dave on Twitter @SpacedOutRadio and on Instagram @DaveScottSOR