While the leader of the Flat Earth Society of Canada which existed from 1970 (a year before Charles Johnson's society was founded) to 1993 was Thomas Acquinas University Professor Leo Ferrari, the brains behind it was Alden Nowlan who reposed in 1983 which is why the society essentially had its demise in the mid-1980's. Ferrari wrote an unpublished book on the subject still residing in the archinves of the UNB library 'Expose of the Globularist Hoax.' The leaders of the society lived in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
In contrast to Charles Johnson's zetetic system, these Canadians followed the ancient Christian flat Earth model of Aethicus of Istria, the fourth century Russian pilgrim, although Alden Nowlan mistakenly believed he was from the seventh century according to one of the tracts he wrote for the society which I obtained from them several years ago. The reason I stated that he was from the time of Constantine the Great is due to the statement of Rabbanus Maurus, the ninth century German flat Earther who seems to have been the last significant Latin Flat Earth scholar to date and who was a follower of Aethicus outspoken cosmology. Nowlan evidently got his seventh century figure from Raymond Beazeley's erudite 1897 'Dawn of Modern Geography' volume one which is based only on Beazeley's estimate without a source to base it on.
Raymond Fraser, a well known Canadian author was one of the inner circle and founders of the society who recently wrote a book with some history of the society. In the link to the book below on Fraser's website, Fraser is the seaman pictured in the second photo which is a photo of the founders of the Flat Earth Society of Canada while posing for a photo of another society which Alden Nolan founded - the King James true heir hoax, an idea he conceived when he met a new member of their literary circle by the name of James Stewart. Hence, the idea that James was the rightful descendent of James II, the Roman Catholic King of England in the late 1600's who was overthrown by William and Mary and who the Jacobites tried repeatedly and unsuccessfully to restore.
'When the Earth was Flat'
By Raymond Fraserhttp://raymondfraser.blogspot.com/
All the members of Alden Nowlan's circle of friendship were and are well published Canadian authors. Not shown in the photo is the "old man" of the group - the conservationist Farley Mowat. Alden Nowlan was often visited by the Premier of New Brunswick who found him fascinating to talk with and the membership of the Flat Earth Society of Canada was much stricter than Charles Johnson's scoeity as it required a three year probation period and included mostly people from the upper echelon of society such as lawyers, doctors, movie actors, and assorted professionals. And the membership was much smaller than Johnson's society.
'An Expose of the Globularist Hoax' - Manuscript in the University of New Brunswick Archiveshttp://www.hil.unb.ca/archives/finding/ferrari/s2.html
'Inventing the Flat Earth: Columbus and the Modern Historians' by Jeffrey Russell, a work which obviously has no sympathy for the flat Earth view, has never the less made a rather valid point. Namely, it states that no scientist of stature has asserted a flat earth since the eighth century. This is evidently true as the revival of the spherical theory of Claudius Ptolemy was accomplished through the muslims who so loved the pagan sciences and preserved and propagated them.
On the other hand, the flat Earth worldview had already again become widespread and dominant by the third century AD due to the rising Christian influence of that time. Reference the astute introduction to the Penguin Classics edition of Augustine's 'City of God.'