Volume 44 – #26

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Volume 44#26

April 14 – April 27, 2020

COVID-19 has hit about 200 countries with more than one million cases and 55,000 deaths worldwide as of April 2.

Philatelic world grinds to halt as Canada takes aim at COVID-19

In a matter of days, dozens of shows, auctions, club meetings and other philatelic events have been cancelled as concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic continue to escalate worldwide. Following the Public Health Agency of Canada’s community-based measures to mitigate the virus’ spread, many organizers are cancelling their events – sometimes only days before they were slated to begin. In addition to public and mass-gathering cancellations, these community-based approaches include social distancing plus school and workplace closures. “Measures taken to reduce the amount of time individuals spend in large crowds or in crowded spaces can be effective to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in a community,” reads PHAC’s recent notice, which is available online at bit.ly/39eqvt9. Continue reading →

Features
Income tax and the hobby collector
Page 1
Trajan’s ‘National Show’ cancelled to limit spread of COVID-19
Page 1
Annual Cathex show ‘a buzz of activity’
Page 14
‘Proceeding as if nothing is different’ for this June’s Royal Convention
Page 15
Three ‘very important’ 1759 war letters bring $53K at auction
Page 19

Regulars
CSN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 16
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 19
Columns
Jesse Robitaille
Guest Commentary
Hobbies all-important during our current crisis
Page 4
Ian Robertson
Looking Back
Alfred Pellan – artist, illustrator, designer on 1995 stamp
Page 6

David Piercey
Philatelic Bookshelf
Modern Scandinavia collectors well-served by FACIT Norden
Page 8
Ian Robertson
News Bites
Uncovering artifacts from ship sunk in Arctic almost 170 ye
Page 12

Robin Harris
New Issues
From around the world
Page 18

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