Canada’s ‘medical groundbreakers’ celebrated in new five-stamp set

By Jesse Robitaille

After nearly four months with no new issues, Canada Post released its five-stamp “Medical Groundbreakers” set honouring medical physicians and researchers on Sept. 10.

Available in 10-stamp booklets with two of each design, the set is Canada Post’s first issue since May 20, when it released a pair of stamps marking 100 years of radio history. The brief hiatus was triggered by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which caused some delays in new issues as the stamp program schedule was shuffled.

“Some of the temporary changes made to the stamp program and the way we distribute new issues to postal outlets remain in effect until further notice,” wrote Jim Phillips, director of stamp services, in the September issue of Details magazine, which has been printed and mailed to the Crown corporation’s subscribers.

The latest set highlights six physicians and researchers “whose innovative work is more evidence why Canada is a global leader in medical research and treatments that change lives,” added Phillips. The featured doctors include Bruce Chown, Julio Montaner, Balfour Mount, Mildred Vera Peters, James Till and Ernest McCulloch, the latter two of which are depicted on a single stamp.

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