By Lindsay Fitzgerald
Did you know that in Hamilton alone, there have been more than a dozen reported UFO sightings in the last two years? Did you know that in Canada, there have been 15,000 reported UFO sighting in the last two decades? Did you also know that you can get alien abduction insurance for up to $10 million?
The level of public interest in extraterrestrial existences is growing. Why? Google it: UFO sightings, alien abductions, government conspiracies attempting to hide extraterrestrial life. Is there something out there? Can they save us? Are we alone?
These are all questions that Rob McConnell has been dealing with for 23 years on his radio and television show, the "'X' Zone," a terrestrial radio and satellite programming.
"The interest is getting wider and wider," said McConnell, of Hamilton. "And whenever there is a story, no matter how far out it is, when you keep on peeling the layers of the onion, you're going to get to the truth eventually."
This year, however, McConnell is helping to merge extraterrestrial interest worldwide with the first-everAlien Cosmic Expo 2015,at the Best Western Plus Brant Park Inn and Conference Centre in Brantford.
Leading UFO researchers, authors, and ancient alien experts will be grappling with extraordinary questions June 26 to 28. But people interested in these elements do not have to physically attend the conference.
McConnell, as executive producer of the broadcast for Alien Cosmic Expo 2015, is offering an online pay-per-view live-stream of the entire expo. "I'm looking at a success because this is a worldwide interest, and it's going to bring Brantford and Hamilton to people who have never had the pleasure of bringing people into the community," he said.
One of the speakers at Alien Cosmic Expo 2015 will be former Canadian defence minister Paul Hellyer, who has alleged the government is hiding UFO data.
Other speakers who have appeared on McConnell's show, Stanton Friedman and Michael Horn, will be discussing flying saucers, science and spiritual teaching.
Tickets for the conference are being sold online.