New stamps celebrate Canadian weather, heritage, culture

Five weather phenomena, including this “sun dog” photographed by Iqaluit’s Frank Reardon, were featured on new postage stamps issued by Canada Post on June 18.

The stamps in Canada Post’s latest issue of Details capture Canada’s nature, history, peace-loving temperament, culture, art and achievements. “It’s a sampling of all that Canadian stamps have to offer, and we hope you enjoy it,” said Jim Phillips, director of stamp services at Canada Post, which revealed its third set of stamps on UNESCO World Heritage sites, a Weather Wonders issue as well as a philatelic tribute to renowned author Alice Munro. Continue reading →

B.C.’s rugged, wet coast makes for intriguing covers

Joe Montgomery, of Niagara Falls, Ont., recently shared with CSN this cover that was cancelled at a floating post office in Surge Narrows, B.C.

Joe Montgomery, a spry 92-year-old collector, recently popped by Canadian Stamp News headquarters to share with us an interesting cover. Cancelled in Surge Narrows, B.C. on June 12, 2013 by postmaster Shawny Volk, the cover was a postage-paid envelope issued by Canada Post in 2012. That year, the Crown corporation issued a set of nine permanent-rate postage-paid envelopes featuring stamps from the high-value Canadian wildlife series (1998-2010). The envelope Montgomery shared with us had the $5 Moose stamp (Scott #1693) printed on it. Continue reading →

RPSC eyes national shows, dedicated youth movement

George Pepall, RPSC president, said member services were strengthened and philatelic collaboration made a priority at this year’s annual general meeting.

The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) is hoping its new initiatives will bring the hobby across the country to collectors from coast to coast to coast. RPSC president George Pepall said the Royal*2015*Royale weekend was very productive. “We firmed up our member services in several ways and ran a spirited AGM (annual general meeting) with a contested election, which chose Stuart Keeley to join the board,” said Pepall, who added he was “exhausted” when he finally returned home to Kitchener, Ont. after spending the weekend at the society’s convention in London. Continue reading →

The ‘very popular’ Orapex facing changes

Dr. Sam Chiu, an accredited judge of more than a decade, will be acting as chief judge and chair of the jury at Orapex this April 30-May 1.

Canada’s largest national-level accredited show is undergoing some changes, but that’s par for the course in this hobby. And after what’s being called a “tremendous success” at this year’s Orapex, event co-chair Peter MacDonald said the best is still to come. “Orapex is not at a dangerous crossroads nor is it in its dying days,” he said. “I am one who believes firmly that its best days are yet to come.” Continue reading →

Saskatoon stamp dealer acquires three ‘very interesting’ varieties

This booklet of six stamps (Scott #2701) from the 2014 Year of the Horse issue has a profound missing colour error that omits the gold horse – a prominent part of the stamp’s design.

Three newly discovered Canadian errors have made their way out to Saskatoon. Acquired by John Jamieson, philatelic expert and owner of Saskatoon Stamp Centre, the three varieties will likely be sold some time before the end of the year. “They came out of B.C.,” said Jamieson about the errors, “and they’re very interesting.” Continue reading →

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