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Volume 39 – #18

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Volume 39#18

December 16 – December 29, 2014

Canada Post marked the return of the CFL to Ottawa with stamps depicting a Redblacks player and the new team’s logo.

2014 saw big rate hike, sports stamps aplenty

The big news in 2014, for collectors and mail users alike, was a whopping increase in postage rates. As announced late in the previous year, money-losing Canada Post intended to increase the price of mailing a 30-gram domestic first-class letter from 63 cents to 85 cents, a 35 per cent hike only if customers bought stamps in bulk, such as in booklets or in rolls. There was a sly little first-time addendum, however. Beginning March 31, the price of buying a single letter stamp was $1, with a small-format definitive printed for that purpose. Other rates, of course, also went up: A U.S.-bound letter now costs $1.20 to send, up a mere 10 cents; while the overseas letter or postcard rate, gasp, flew up by 65 cents, to $2.50. A $1.80 rate was introduced for heavier, 100-gram domestic letters. Costing $2.50 each to mail, I can’t help wondering how many visitors to Canada were posting piles of pretty postcards to pals and relatives back home! Parcel postage and costs for other services also climbed the mailing ladder. Continue reading →

Features
Canada Post in the black again for third quarter
Page 1
Christmas carols hold long-lasting message
Page 3
Jean new head of international French organization
Page 6

Regulars
CSN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 19
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 23
Editorial
Personalized postage creates new hurdles

Publishing deadlines being what they are, this issue has a Dec. 30 cover date, is being prepared the first week in December, and will go in the mail the middle of the month, making this the last issue you will receive before Christmas. I couldn’t quite bring myself to do my Seasons Greetings thing in November, but this way it works out fine, because I can cover both Christmas and New Year’s in one message.

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By Bret Evans
Columns
Chad Neighbor
Commonwealth Communiqué
Malawi offers manageable, attractive stamps
Page 8
Michael Nowlan
Philatelic Bookshelf
Poster stamps have their place in the hobby
Page 10

Gary Dickinson
First-Day Covers
Cook’s explorations marked on stamps and covers
Page 11
Lewis Tauber
Off the Beaten Track
Scouting a popular subject for stamp collectors
Page 14

Robin Harris
New Issues
From around the world
Page 18
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