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Volume 41 – #03

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Volume 41#03

May 31 – June 13, 2016

Above is the website of the Philatelic Specialists Society of Canada which is now opening itself up to the philatelic community.

Behind Canada’s secretive, invite-only specialists society

The Philatelic Specialists Society of Canada (PSSC) is finally – after 66 years – opening itself up to the philatelic crowd, and in some unexpected ways. PSSC President Ingo Nessel said the “knowledge-based organization” is looking to grow, although he was sure to explain the “growth and path to growth has to be defined.” “We want to be vibrant and energetic and let Canadian philatelists know what they can look forward to joining once they become more specialized and mature,” he said. “Everybody who’s anybody has been a member, but we’re not just looking for superstars; we want to also encourage people to become superstars in philately.” Nessel concedes stamp collecting is a hobby, something that’s fun and relaxing, but he said there’s another level to the hobby that offers lifelong entertainment and education. Continue reading →

Features
Orapex expects no less for next year’s marine-themed event
Page 1
Queen a prolific presence on Canadian stamps
Page 1
Small Queens steal show at latest Brigham sale
Page 11
Simulated perforation error spotted on booklets
Page 11

Regulars
CSN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 19
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 23
Editorial
What does the postal review really mean?

The decision to hold an third-party review of Canada Post is probably the first really good idea about postal transformation in a long time. From the perspective of Canadian philatelists, this is a fascinating period of postal reform, with the way our mail is routed, processed and handled at the core, along with rate structures and even the future of postage stamps. The task is not enviable. The year-long process will attempt to juggle the sometimes competing interests of unionized workers, Canada Post, business, and of course, individual Canadians. That isn't going to be easy, but it's a lot more than Canadians have been offered in a long time. Certain things are undeniable. Traditional letter-mail is dropping more and more each year, Canada Post is a huge company with a large workforce and an expensive benefits package to retain, relations between the corporation and its unionized members is difficult at best, and increased online business has boosted parcel delivery. That's about all we know for sure.

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By Bret Evans
Columns
Ian Robertson
Looking Back
Pontiac’s legacy on cars, stamps, cars-on-stamps
Page 6
Michael Nowlan
Philatelic Bookshelf
BNAPS book editor finally comes to the fore
Page 8

Gary Dickinson
First-Day Covers
Harford Covers marked Cole’s venture into FDC business
Page 10
Ian Robertson
Stamping Grounds
Alas, 400 years after his death, Bard’s influence wanes
Page 14

Robin Harris
New Issues
From around the world
Page 18
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