Canada Celebrates Canadian Women in Winter Sports

Canada Post of Wednesday (January 24) warmed up for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games in South Korea with five new stamps honoring six barrier-breaking female role models on five new stamps.

The Women in Winter Sports stamps commemorate Sharon and Shirley Firth, from cross-country skiing; Sonja Gaudet, from wheelchair curling; Danielle Goyette, from ice hockey; Nancy Greene, from alpine skiing; and Clara Hughes, from cycling and speed skating.

The stamps were issued and the stars were honored in a ceremony at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in Canada Olympic Park, a hub of winter sport, in Calgary, Alberta. Shirley Firth, who passed away in 2013 at age 59, was represented by her husband, Jan Larsson, and daughters Marie and Nina Larsson.

Designed by Roy White, Matthew Clark and Jacquie Shaw of Subplot Design Inc. of Vancouver, B.C., the stamps marry candid photos with action shots of the athletes.

“Sport is a vital element of our cultural fabric. It has the power to build bridges between people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities,” said Carla Qualtrough, minister of public services and procurement. “The women of these stamps have contributed to Canada beyond the medals they’ve won or the records they’ve broken. As a group, they have been champions of accessibility, community-builders and thought leaders.”

“The women who share the podium in these stamps broke barriers, inspired generations and have contributed to our country’s national story both on and off of the ice and snow,” said Deepak Chopra, president and CEO of Canada Post. “They have been ambassadors for their sports, impressive role models and a great source of national pride.”

Here is a little more about the athletes, according to Canada Post:

Sharon and Shirley Firth transformed Inuvik into a hotbed of Nordic skiing. They competed in four Olympic Games and four World Ski Championships and dominated their sport from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s, winning 79 medals at the national championships, including 48 national titles.

Sonja Gaudet is the world’s most decorated wheelchair curler, with three Paralympic gold medals and three World Wheelchair Curling Championships. A tireless advocate for accessibility, she is an ambassador with the Rick Hansen Foundation and the Paralympic Committee.

Danielle Goyette scored more than 100 career goals and dominated women’s hockey into her 40s. She won two Olympic gold medals and a silver, as well as eight gold medals at the International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championships. She was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2017.

Nancy Greene put Canada on the map in alpine skiing. She competed at Squaw Valley in 1960, Innsbruck in 1964 and Grenoble in 1968, winning gold and silver medals. Canada’s Female Athlete of the 20th Century, Greene won 17 Canadian titles, 13 World Cup victories and three U.S. Ski Championships.

Clara Hughes is the only athlete in history to win multiple medals at both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. She made six Olympic appearances, winning six medals: one gold, one silver and four bronze – in cycling and speed skating.

U.S. and Canada Reveal Designs of Joint Hockey Stamps

The U.S. Postal Service and Canada Post today revealed the designs for their upcoming History of Hockey joint issue.

The stamps will be formally issued October 20 at Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena Belfor Training Center. U.S. Postmaster General and CEO Megan Brennan will be joined by Canada Post President and CEO Deepak Chopra at the ceremony.

The stamp format is tête-bêche – a joined pair of similar images in which one is upside down – and the design is strong on nostalgia. On an open pond, a player in modern equipment reflects, literally, on the past. Mirrored in the ice beneath him is a player in vintage gear. The imaginative imagery gives a visual sense of looking back through time. The paired images also depict the game’s evolution and its continuing presence in the lives of players and fans alike.

Each country uses the same basic design with just the country indicator and denomination being different. The U.S. stamps have “USA FOREVER” across their tops; the Canadian stamps have the red permanent stamp maple leaf logo in the upper left corner and “CANADA” in the upper right corner.

The Postal Service is honored to partner with Canada Post to produce The History of Hockey stamps,” said Brennan in a news release. “This sport exemplifies a wonderful tradition of competition and camaraderie between our nations, and these commemorative stamps are a special way to celebrate the game that transcends borders.

A souvenir sheet, which will be revealed during the Oct. 20 dedication ceremony, features a scene that illustrates the evolution of the sport across generations. The selvage — or area outside of the stamps on the souvenir sheet — depicts a father teaching his daughter how to play hockey on a pond.

The stamps were designed by Subplot Design Inc., for Canada Post, the artwork is intended to celebrate and reflect on the history of hockey. KC Armstrong of Toronto, Ontario, shot the photographs. Susan Gilson was the art director of the Canadian version of the stamps. William J. Gicker was the art director of the American version of the stamps.

Professional hockey is celebrating the centennial of the National Hockey League, which formally began competition in 1917. Also, hockey fans are acknowledging the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup, today emblematic of the annual NHL champion.

Canada Post on September 28 issued its final set of stamps in a five-year series celebrating the NHL’s 100th anniversary.

This is the sixth joint issue for Canada Post and the USPS dating back to 1959, and the first in more than a decade. It’s also their first celebrating a sport.

The first joint issue released by the two postal administrations marked the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Since then, they have jointly commemorated the United States Bicentennial (1976), the 50th anniversary of the Peace Bridge (1977), the St Lawrence Seaway’s 25th anniversary (1984) and the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain’s exploration of the East Coast of North America (2006).

Enterprising Canada Voyages Back
Into Space With its Next Generation of
Star Trek Stamps

Canada Post is going where no postal authority has … oh, wait … make that Canada Post is taking a second voyage into the Star Trek universe.

On Thursday, April 27 Canada Post will issue seven face-different stamps depicting characters and spaceships from one Star Trek movie and four television sequels from the original Star Trek show. Last year, Canada Post celebrated the 50th anniversary of the original sci-fi television show with a similar blockbuster release.

Depicted are Captain James T. Kirk and the villainous Kahn from the film, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn (1982). Canadian-born actor William Shatner played Kirk and Ricardo Montalbán played Kahn.

Also appearing on the stamps are the main characters from the television sequels: The Next Generation (Capt. Jean-Luc Picard and Locutus, both played by Patrick Stewart), Star Trek: Voyager (Capt. Kathryn Janeway, played by Kate Mulgrew, and the Borg Queen, played by Susanna Thompson), Deep Space Nine (Commander Benjamin Sisko, played by Avery Brooks, and Dukat, played by Marc Alaimo), and Star Trek: Enterprise (Capt. Jonathan Archer, played by Scott Bakula, and Commander Dolim, played by Scott MacDonald).

Two other stamps show the Borg Cube (a spaceship) and the shuttlecraft Galileo.

The stamps and images are being released via several products, including a prestige booklet featuring all the designs, a booklet of 10 Permanent stamps, a pane of five stamps in various rates, coil stamps (a single design), and postal cards.

The high-denomination stamp of the set — the $5 Borg Cube — is available only in the prestige booklet. The Galileo is the coil stamp.

Among the special features: the Borg Cube stamp is embossed and debossed with holographic foil, tagging on the panes make the words “Star Trek” glow in red, a couple stamps are water activated, like the 2016 issues, the back of the coil stamps again include unique Star Trek Universe words and phrases.

Kosta Tsetsekas and Adrian Horvath, who designed the 2016 issues, also designed the new stamps.

Canada Post hopes Trekkers, Trekkies, fans of space and all of the shows will enjoy this follow-up set of stamps and products. As the Borg would say, resistance is futile.

Maple Leaf-Shaped Stamps Honoring
Canada Sesquicentennial Will Be a First

Several notable Canadians will help unveil 10 commemorative postage stamps in the coming weeks that will mark Canada’s 150th anniversary, which is being celebrated this year.

These will be the first Canadian stamps shaped like a maple leaf, Canada Post said today in a news conference. The exact subject and designs for the stamps have not yet been revealed, but all will celebrate the most significant moments in the life of the country since it marked its centennial in 1967.

Distinguished Canadians, including a country music star, a world-renowned architect, successful business leaders, influential community activists, legendary athletes, and an astronaut will help unveil the stamp designs over the next five weeks at separate locations chosen to illustrate the story behind the achievement, event or milestone that the stamp commemorates.

The first of the 10 stamps will be unveiled on Thursday, April 27, in Montreal. The remainder will be revealed separately over five weeks, culminating with the unveiling of two stamps on June 1. On that day, all 10 Permanent domestic-rate stamps will be available in various formats — at post offices and online, via mail order or phone. Customers can also order in advance at or by phone.

Canada Post made the announcement today and offered a video message with Canada Post President and CEO Deepak Chopra, other Canada Post employees, and Steven MacKinnon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement.

With each stamp unveiling, videos with these notable Canadians, other key participants and archival footage will tell the story of that stamp subject on the website|pdn|jr|309.

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Canada, France Present Joint Issue for Important WWI Battle

Canada and France released a joint issue April 8 commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The battle is considered a significant victory for the Allies in World War I and also was an important military milestone for Canada.

The joint issue features two stamps, one designed by Canada Post and the other by France’s La Poste, and honors the bond that the battle on French soil forged between the two nations.

The Canadian Permanent (first-class rate; currently 85 cents) stamps are being sold in booklets of 10. There also are separate souvenir sheets from each country featuring singles of both stamps denominated appropriately per country.

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