Canada Post faces changes with its new political masters

I love politics, and I love stamps, so the recent change of government naturally got me thinking about the future of Canada Post. The thought process isn’t really much of a leap, most Canadians still think of Canada Post as a government department rather than as a semi-autonomous Crown corporation. Prior to the days when it was run by a “president and CEO,” the head of postal service was the Postmaster General, consisting of an elected member of parliament appointed by the prime minister. Continue reading →

The show will go on

Trajan media is getting back into the show business. It’s been more than 11 years since Canadian Stamp News publisher Trajan sold The International Collectors’ Fair, a.k.a. TICF. Since then, our “show” presence has been that of exhibitor at many stamp and coin shows across Canada. This is about to change. We recently acquired the assets of the National Postage Stamp Show, organized for almost 30 years by the Canadian Stamp Dealers’ Association. The most recent one was held Nov. 6-8 at the International Centre in Mississauga, ON. The CSDA announced after its spring show that the non-profit organization would no longer host the show, which was bleeding money. Continue reading →

Collector classifieds take to the web

As I wrote in a column during the summer months, here at Trajan Media, we have been busy working behind the scenes on a number of new initiatives to launch over the fall and winter months. Our first major initiative this fall is a new website where philatelists and numismatists can meet at our new online marketplace to buy and sell stamps, postcards, first-day covers and all types of numismatic collectibles including coins, medals, tokens and paper money. This new online market place is called coinstampclassifieds.ca. While the venue is new, selling classifieds has been part of our DNA since our beginnings. Continue reading →

A little cash would be a big boost for stamp shows

The Canadian Stamp Dealers’ Association certainly has been in a quagmire over what to do about its Toronto National Postage Stamp Show. Well, no longer. Association president Rick Day recently sent an email to members informing them its board had decided that, after almost 30 years in the show business, its November 2015 show “will be our last one.” It’s sad, but not surprising. “The bottom line is that our April 2015 show lost a substantial amount of money primarily because the pool of dealers available and willing to take booths wasn’t sufficient to sustain the break-even requirement for the shows to continue,” Day wrote to members. “For this reason and with sincere regrets, the Board voted to get out of the show business …” There are three key points I want to address. Continue reading →

Initiatives aim to enhance connection to the hobby

As I have written previously, we have been making a concerted effort in recent months to enhance our connection with Canadian stamp clubs and affiliated organizations. As of this column, I have been invited to four club meetings as a guest speaker. This not only provides me with the opportunity to speak about the history and vision of Canadian Stamp News; it also serves as a great venue to receive feedback from collectors on how we can improve our magazine for the enjoyment of all readers. It has also served as a great opportunity to exchange ideas on how we can collectively improve the hobby experience for both the beginner and seasoned collector, and how we can entice the “closet collector” to attend club meetings and shows. Continue reading →

There’s a lot of sharing in this hobby

You’re all a bunch of amateurs (French for “lovers of”), although I must admit I’ve never met as professional a bunch as you. This notion of professionalism – doing business ethically, morally and courteously – is widespread in philately. And while some hobbyists might eventually become true “professionals” in every sense of the word, all true hobbyists live out their existence as amateurs regardless of the amount of money being earned. When you love the “art and science of philately” and begin taking this hobby seriously – as most of you certainly do – you inevitably become better at what you’re doing and begin specializing, and even commercializing, your activities. Suddenly, by acquiring and selling material, attending shows and joining associations, you’ve become more of a professional than a hobbyist, although the passionate amateur remains, steadfast as ever. Only when you’re an “amateur” can you truly become pro. Continue reading →

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