Volume 37#21

February 12 – February 25, 2013

Both an original booklet (left) and reprinted booklet (right) from Canada Post's recent Hanukkah issue sold for $134 at All Nations' Dec. 10 auction. (Photo by All Nations)

‘Historic’ Windsor post office one of many facing closure

Canada Post is coming under fire over more post office closures and sorting station reductions. In Windsor, Ont., MP Brian Masse is leading a fight to keep the Sandwich Post Office open, and to retain jobs at a local sorting facility. One of the arguments in favour of retaining the post office is the historic nature of Sandwich, a very old community in what is now West Windsor. Sandwich was the original name of Windsor, and the site of several engagements during the War of 1812. The Sandwich post office, however, is located in a building constructed long after the war. Continue reading →


Regulars
CSN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 19
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 23
Editorial
Cash crunch streamlines Canada’s postal history

When a successful post office that serves a large number of people is closed and replaced with a back corner of a drugstore, that isn’t converting from one type of post office to another, it is a definite and permanent reduction in service. It is also a definite and permanent reduction in cost for Canada Post. It is no secret that the corporation’s biggest single budget item is paying for its staff and their gold-plated benefit packages. Chief among these is an indexed pension, with Canada Post picking up the deficit. That deficit is huge, since Canada Post has lots of employees on the retired list. What’s more, thanks to modern medicine, these people are drawing pension money out for more years than ever before. However, closing a post office today does not mean a dramatic impact on the cost of servicing the pension plan in the short term.

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By Bret Evans
Columns
First-Day Covers
Canada, U.S. marked different telephone centenaries
Page 6
Philatelic Bookshelf
Stamp dealers the focus of two new titles
Page 7

Off The Beaten Track
Stamp yearbook offers glimpse into Chinese culture
Page 8
Stamping Grounds
Plethora of modern fakes offered online
Page 10

Focus On Collecting
Stamps reflect sports’ prominence in U.S. culture
Page 15
Deltiology
Tough PM tough to find on postcards
Page 17

New Issues
From around the world
Page 18
Looking Back
Canoes, kayaks central part of Native life
Page 22

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