Hanukkah (Canada 2017)

Updated November 13th:

The stamp has been delayed by six days, to November 20th.

[press release]
Canada Post to release Hanukkah stamp recognizing eight-day Festival of Lights

TORONTO – Canada Post will introduce a stamp recognizing Hanukkah, the Jewish faith’s eight-day celebration also known as the Festival of Lights on November 20, 2017.

The stamp’s geometric design represents the different types of menorahs, along with a strong contrast between light and dark, which creates the appearance of flickering flames. Hanukkah begins on the 25th day of Kislev, the ninth month of the ecclesiastical year on the Hebrew calendar. This year, the festival takes place from sunset on December 12 to nightfall on December 20.

The planned release date has been moved forward by a week to resolve a design issue with the stamp booklet. The stamp will be available for sale online on November 20, 2017 and in post offices later that week. This is an important stamp and we apologize for the delay.

The stamp was unveiled at the Starry Nights event held at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library and hosted by Ve’ahavta, a Jewish charitable organization delivering programs that alleviate poverty.

Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem, Judaism’s holiest site, in the second century BCE, after the Maccabees regained religious freedom. The Temple menorah (a seven-branched candelabra) was supposed to stay lit at all times. However, there was only enough oil to last one day, and it would take eight days to harvest and press the olives, and transport the oil to replenish the supply. Miraculously, that small amount burned for the next eight days, which is why the kindling of a menorah, adding a light each day, is central to the eight-day Hanukkah celebrations.

Background: Stamps for other major celebrations
In May, Canada Post issued an Eid stamp to recognize two important festivals celebrated by Muslims in Canada and worldwide. In September, Canada Post and India Post partnered on a historic joint stamp issue featuring two stamps marking Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. The Hanukkah, Eid and Diwali stamps, as well as our Christmas stamps, depict our pride in Canada being a land of enormous diversity.

The shopping section of the Canada Post website indicates this stamp will be issued Tuesday, November 14th.

Media Advisory
Canada Post to unveil a stamp celebrating Hanukkah

Canada Post invites you to join its President and CEO Deepak Chopra at the unveiling of a stamp that recognizes Hanukkah, the Jewish faith’s eight-day celebration also known as the Festival of Lights. The stamp will be unveiled  on Sunday, November 12 at Ve’ahavta’s annual Starry Nights Gala.

WHAT: Starry Nights Gala

WHERE:
Bram & Bluma Appel Salon
Toronto Reference Library
2nd Floor
789 Yonge Street, Toronto

WHEN: Sunday, November 12
7:15 p.m. Program begins

7:20 p.m. Hanukkah commemorative stamp unveiling

7:30 p.m. Ve’ahavta’s Starry Nights Gala continues

From Canada Post’s website:

ISSUE DATE: November 20, 2017
STAMP DESIGNER: Angela Carter, Entro Communications
QUANTITY PRODUCED: 300,000
DIMENSIONS: 28 mm x 35 mm
STAMP VALUE: 1 X PermanentTM (domestic rate)

Halifax Explosion (Canada 2017)

[press release]
Canada Post marks the Halifax Explosion with new stamp
Illustration, front-page story capture moments before and after

HALIFAX – Canada Post issued a stamp November 6, 2017, commemorating the devastating explosion that rocked Halifax on the morning of December 6, 1917, when two ships – one loaded with explosives – collided in the narrows leading to its harbour. Released one month before the 100th anniversary of that fateful day, the issue also salutes the resilience of the Haligonians who rebuilt their city from the ashes.

“With this stamp, Canada Post remembers those whose lives were lost or forever changed in this terrible incident,” says Deepak Chopra, President and CEO of Canada Post. “We also pay tribute to the residents of Halifax, other Canadians and people from around the world who helped those affected and contributed to the recovery effort.”

The stamp captures the moments before and after the disaster through elements from the past and present. Since few photos exist of the doomed ships just before the accident, local illustrator Mike Little recreated the scene based on historic accounts and materials. An image of the front page of The Halifax Herald the day after the explosion shows the heartbreaking aftermath. The stamp was designed by Larry Burke and Anna Stredulinsky of Burke & Burke in Halifax. Halifax was a bustling port supplying Canada’s efforts in the First World War in 1917. The blast occurred when a fire detonated munitions aboard the French ship Mont-Blanc after it struck the Imo, a Norwegian cargo ship. The largest human-made explosion in history, prior to the detonation of the first atomic bomb. It claimed the lives of nearly 2,000 people, injured 9,000 more, and damaged property worth millions of dollars.

Postes Canada commémore l’Explosion d’Halifax en émettant un nouveau timbre
Une photo et la une d’un journal illustrent l’avant et l’après de cette catastrophe

HALIFAX – Postes Canada lance aujourd’hui un timbre commémoratif de l’explosion qui a secoué la ville d’Halifax le matin du 6 décembre 1917, lorsque deux navires, dont l’un transportait des matières explosives, sont entrés en collision dans les détroits du port de la ville. Émise un mois avant le centenaire de cette journée fatidique, la figurine rend également hommage à la résistance des Haligoniens, qui ont rebâti leur ville sur ses cendres.

« Avec ce timbre, Postes Canada se souvient des personnes qui ont péri ou dont la vie a été à jamais changée en conséquence de ce terrible accident », déclare Deepak Chopra, président-directeur général de Postes Canada. « Nous saluons aussi les habitants d’Halifax, du Canada et du monde entier qui ont aidé les sinistrés et contribué aux opérations de relèvement. »

La vignette illustre l’avant et l’après de ce désastre au moyen de représentations du passé et du présent. Comme il existe peu de photos des navires tels qu’ils étaient juste avant l’accident, Mike Little, un artiste de la région, a su recréer la scène à partir de récits historiques et d’images de l’époque. Une photo de la première page du quotidien The Halifax Herald prise le lendemain de l’explosion révèle toute l’horreur de la catastrophe. Le timbre a été conçu par Larry Burke et Anna Stredulinsky de la maison Burke & Burke d’Halifax. En 1917, le monde est en guerre et Halifax est une ville portuaire particulièrement active. La détonation se produit lorsque le vaisseau cargo norvégien Imo éperonne le Mont-Blanc, un navire français chargé d’explosifs, causant un incendie. La force de la déflagration tue près de 2 000 personnes, en blesse 9 000 autres et entraîne des millions de dollars de dommages matériels. Il s’agit de la plus grosse explosion d’origine humaine du monde avant celle de la première bombe atomique.

Christmas (Canada 2017)

[press release]
’Tis the season: Annual Christmas stamps now available
Stamp issues celebrate both secular and sacred aspects of the holiday OTTAWA – Since 1964, Canadians have counted on Canada Post to dress up their holiday mail with festive stamps heralding the season. Christmas stamps have become a tradition dear to our hearts – and a joyful sign that the holidays are almost upon us. Once again this year, Canadians can make their mail merrier with their choice of stamps bearing either sacred or secular imagery.

This year’s sacred issue, designed by Louise Méthé, showcases The Adoration of the Shepherds, a vibrant oil-on-panel painting housed at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Attributed to Italian artist Tommaso di Stefano Lunetti (c. 1495-1564), this carefully composed masterpiece was based on Luke’s gospel, in which angels announced the birth of Jesus to shepherds, who then rushed from their fields to find their newborn saviour.

The Christmas Animals stamps were designed by Hélène L’Heureux, with illustrations by Christiane Beauregard. They feature three classic Canadian creatures – a cheery polar bear (Permanent domestic rate), a brilliant red cardinal (U.S. rate), and a caribou festooned with lights (International rate) – that are sure to add a touch of festive whimsy to your holiday mail. C’est le temps des Fêtes : les timbres de Noël sont maintenant en vente
Ces émissions présentent les côtés profane et religieux de la fête

OTTAWA – Depuis 1964, les Canadiens comptent sur Postes Canada pour orner leur courrier des Fêtes de jolis timbres aux motifs symboliques. Cette tradition a séduit nos cœurs et les vignettes sont un rappel agréable de l’arrivée de Noël. Cette année encore, nous pouvons égayer nos envois de timbres consacrés à des thèmes religieux ou profane.

Le motif religieux, conçu par Louise Méthé, représente l’Adoration des bergers, huile sur toile conservée au Musée des beaux-arts de l’Ontario. Ce chef-d’œuvre expressif du peintre italien Tommaso di Stefano Lunetti (circa 1495-1564) rappelle l’évangile de Luc selon lequel les anges ont annoncé la naissance de Jésus aux bergers, qui se sont empressés de venir à la rencontre de leur jeune sauveur.

Les figurines sur les animaux de Noël, conçues par Hélène L’Heureux, sont illustrées par Christiane Beauregard. Elles représentent trois espèces de chez nous – un ours polaire enjoué (Permanent au tarif du régime intérieur), un cardinal rouge flamboyant (tarif des envois vers les É.-U.) et un caribou tout illuminé (tarif du régime international) – qui vont sûrement ajouter un peu de fantaisie à votre courrier des Fêtes.

Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial (Canada 2017)

[press release]
Canada Post celebrates the legacy of the Toronto Maple Leafs by releasing fabric stamp to mark the 100th anniversary
Stamp honours team’s storied history as enduring Canadian icon

TORONTO – For the first time ever, Canada Post has adhered a miniature fabric crest to a stamp – to mark the 100th year anniversary of the Toronto Maple Leafs, one of the most storied teams in the National Hockey League®. The commemorative issue also includes both a booklet of 10 new silver logo stamps and a coil of 50 puck-shaped stamps in Maple Leaf blue.

A Canadian hockey icon, the Toronto Maple Leafs is one of four teams that officially formed the National Hockey League®. It is also an Original Six™ NHL franchise that played in what some consider to be the golden era of hockey. It has more inductees in the players’ category of the Hockey Hall of Fame than any other Original Six™ team, and is among the most valuable franchises in the NHL.

“The Toronto Maple Leafs are a part of the fabric that ties this country together with some of the most passionate fans in hockey,” says Canada Post President and CEO Deepak Chopra. “It is therefore an honour to celebrate the incredible legacy of this Original Six™ team through Canada Post’s iconic stamp program.”

The special fabric crest stamp (right), available only as a commemorative souvenir sheet, depicts the sweater worn by Maple Leafs captain Ted (Teeder) Kennedy during the 1949-50 NHL season, with the Leafs crest in fabric. Kennedy played centre for the Leafs between 1942-43 and 1956-57, captaining the team for eight years. He remains the youngest ever to suit up for the Leafs (he was 17) and the first, along with teammate Turk Broda, to win five Stanley Cup® Championships. Official First Day Covers (OFDCs) of all three stamps are available as a set. Stamps and related collectibles are currently available online at canadapost.ca/leafs100 or at post offices on October 24. The Toronto Maple Leafs issue was designed by Lionel Gadoury and Dave Hurds for Context Creative of Toronto. Canada Post is proud to be Canada’s storyteller through its national stamp program. Stamps capture and tell the stories of this country’s milestones and achievers – and its heritage. Over the years, Canada Post has issued scores of stamps commemorating Canada’s national winter sport. The first hockey-themed stamp was issued on January 23, 1956.

About the Toronto Maple Leafs 100th Anniversary stamps
The silver logo domestic-rate stamp is available in a booklet of 10 for $8.50. A 50-stamp coil of the blue puck-shaped stamp is offered with a complementary puck-shaped dispenser. A fabric patch souvenir sheet comes in a collectible folder and sells for $5. Official First Day Covers (OFDCs) of all three stamps are available as a set for $9.70.

Related products: A collectible frame (below) features all three collectible envelopes (OFDCs) – two of them bearing signatures from Wendel Clark and Doug Gilmour, plus a signed photograph of No. 44 Morgan Rielly. The frame also includes a souvenir sheet featuring the $5 fabric stamp and the domestic-rate stamp depicting the silver logo. “Toronto Maple Leafs” and associated word marks and logos are trademarks of Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment Partnership. © 2017. All Rights Reserved.

NHL, the NHL Shield, and the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. NHL and NHL team marks are the property of the NHL and its teams. © NHL 2017. All Rights Reserved.

NHL Hockey Legends (Canada 2017)

[press release]
Canadian Hockey Legends stamps immortalize the best ever to don a jersey in the NHL®
Final instalment of five-year series commemorated during the League’s Centennial, and the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup®

TORONTO – Exactly one week before the NHL® drops the puck on the 2017-18 season, Canada Post lifted the veil September 27th on the final instalment of its five-year NHL stamp collection at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The 2017 Canadian Hockey Legends issue celebrates the best players ever to don a jersey in the NHL®: Maurice (Rocket) Richard and Jean Béliveau (Montreal Canadiens); Gordie Howe (Detroit Red Wings); Bobby Orr (Boston Bruins); Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins); and Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers).

“The players we immortalized on this year’s stamps redefined hockey over careers that spanned more than 60 years. They inspired us – and each other – with feats that boggle the mind. They are the Ultimate Six,” says Canada Post President and CEO Deepak Chopra. “We hope that by issuing these stamps during the NHL’s Centennial, we have helped make this milestone year for the NHL even more special.”

“As kids, Canadians dream about playing in the NHL and doing what they’ve seen their heroes do on the ice,” says the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, who is responsible for Canada Post. “But these six legends did things that amazed even their fellow NHL players in game after game and throughout their stellar careers.”

“On January 1st, we began our year-long Centennial celebrations. With 100 years of history, traditions, and memorable moments behind us – and a thrilling future ahead – we have a lot to celebrate,” said Brian Jennings, NHL Chief Branding Officer. “We’re fortunate to partner with great brands like Canada Post, which shares our passion for this beautiful game.”

As a group, the all-star lineup scored more than 9,500 points in almost 7,000 regular-season games, won 40 Stanley Cup Championships – 30 as players and another 10 as management – and more than 80 individual awards.

Designed by Avi Dunkelman and Joe Gault for Mix Design Group of Toronto, each stamp features a head-and-shoulders image of the player in uniform, with the Stanley Cup image ghosted in the background.

Hockey-card souvenir sheets show the players holding the Cup; they are only available in packs of six, like hockey cards. [The cards are illustrated below with the French press release.]

The 2017 NHL Canadian Hockey Legends issue builds on the NHL Team Jersey stamps released in 2013, the Original Six™ Defenceman stamps released in 2014, the NHL Great Canadian Goalie stamps in 2015 and the NHL Great Canadian Forwards issue last year.

BACKGROUND
Maurice (Rocket) Richard played 18 NHL seasons with the Montreal Canadiens. In 978 regular-season games, he scored 544 goals, 422 assists and 966 points. The Rocket had three famous firsts: 50 goals in a season; 50 goals in 50 games (1944-45); and 500 career goals. He won eight Stanley Cup Championships, including five in a row from 1955-56 to 1959-60, and the Hart Trophy as the League’s most valuable player in 1946-47. He led the League in goals five times and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961. The Canadiens retired his No. 9 in 1960.

Jean Béliveau played 18 full NHL seasons and parts of two more with the Montreal Canadiens. In 1,125 regular-season games, he scored 507 goals, 712 assists and 1,219 points. His name is on the Stanley Cup an unprecedented 17 times – 10 as a player and seven as an executive for the Canadiens. He won the Art Ross Trophy as League-leading scorer in 1955-56, the Hart Trophy twice (1955-56 and 1963-64); and the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 1964-65. He was honoured with the NHL Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972. His No. 4 was retired by the Canadiens in 1971.

Gordie Howe played more than 30 seasons of professional hockey, including 26 in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings and Hartford Whalers. In 1,767 regular-season NHL games, he scored 801 goals, 1,049 assists and 1,850 points. At the time of his retirement, Howe was the NHL’s all-time leader in games played, goals, assists and points. He won four Stanley Cup Championships, the Art Ross Trophy six times, the Hart Trophy six times, the Lester Patrick Trophy for his contribution to hockey in the United States and was the inaugural recipient of the NHL Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972. The Detroit Red Wings retired his No. 9 in 1972.

Bobby Orr played 657 regular-season games with the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks across 12 NHL seasons from 1966 to 1978. He scored 270 goals, 645 assists and 915 points. In 10 seasons with the Bruins, he had six consecutive 100-point seasons. In 1969-70, he was the first player to win four individual awards in one season: Conn Smythe, Norris, Art Ross, and Hart. He’s the only NHL defenceman to have nine hat tricks in his career and, in 1970-71, he set the single-season record for assists (102) and points (139) by a defenceman while recording an NHL-record plus-124 rating. He won two Stanley Cup Championships and was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy on both occasions. His eight Norris Trophy wins as the League’s top defenceman remains a record. Orr was also awarded the Hart Trophy three times, and the Art Ross Trophy twice. He was inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame in 1979. The Bruins retired his No. 4 in 1979.

Mario Lemieux played 17 NHL seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins from 1984 to 2005. In 915 regular-season games, he scored 690 goals, 1,033 assists and 1,723 points. He won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year in 1984-85 and had 10 NHL seasons of 100 points or more. He has his name engraved on the Stanley Cup five times – two as a player and three as an owner – was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy twice, the Art Ross Trophy six times and is a three-time recipient of the Hart Trophy. The Pittsburgh Penguins retired his No. 66 in 1997. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997.

Wayne Gretzky played 20 NHL seasons with the Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers from 1979 to 1999. In 1,487 regular-season games, he scored 894 goals, 1,963 assists and 2,857 points – all NHL records. Even if he had never scored a goal, his career assists total would rank him above all other players in points. He retired holding more than 60 NHL records, including the fastest player to score 50 goals in a season, accomplished in a remarkable 39 games during the 1981-82 campaign. Gretzky is a four-time Stanley Cup champion, two-time Conn Smythe Trophy winner, captured the Art Ross Trophy 10 times and the Hart Trophy nine times. Gretzky was also recognized on five occasions with the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct, and honoured with the Lester Patrick Trophy for his contribution to hockey in the United States. Gretzky’s No. 99 was retired League-wide upon retirement and he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1999.

About the Canadian Hockey Legends stamp
Available in a mixed booklet of six, containing all six players, the stamps measure 40 mm x 32 mm with simulated perforations, and are printed by Lowe-Martin on Tullis Russell paper with seven-colour lithography. Oversized-rate hockey-card-size souvenir sheets are available in a pack of six, as well. Each includes a chance to win: one in 40 packs has a signed and authenticated souvenir sheet. Related products: A gummed mini-pane collectors’ item featuring all six players. The mini-pane features a silver foiled and embossed Stanley Cup. The Official First Day Covers – one for each player – will be cancelled in the birthplaces of the player: Montréal, Que. (Richard and Lemieux); Trois-Rivières (Béliveau); Floral, Sask. (Howe); Parry Sound, Ont. (Orr); Brantford, Ont. (Gretzky). Limited edition numbered framed prints are available for each player

NHL, the NHL Shield and the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup are registered trademarks and Original Six is a trademark of the National Hockey League. NHL and NHL team marks are the property of the NHL and its teams. © NHL 2017. All Rights Reserved.

Des timbres consacrés aux légendes canadiennes du hockey rendent hommage aux meilleurs joueurs de la LNHMD
Dernier volet d’une série de cinq ans soulignant le centenaire de la Ligue et le 125e anniversaire de la Coupe StanleyMC

TORONTO – Postes Canada dévoile aujourd’hui, une semaine jour pour jour avant la première mise au jeu officielle de la saison 2017-2018 de la Ligue nationale de hockeyMD, le dernier volet de sa collection de timbres sur la LNH de cinq ans au Temple de la renommée du hockey.

L’émission Légendes canadiennes du hockey de 2017 rend hommage aux meilleurs joueurs ayant porté un chandail de la LNH : Maurice « le Rocket » Richard et Jean Béliveau (Canadiens de MontréalMD), Gordie Howe (Detroit Red WingsMD), Bobby Orr (Boston BruinsMD), Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh PenguinsMD) et Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton OilersMD).

« Les joueurs à qui nous rendons hommage cette année ont façonné le hockey sur plus de 60 ans. Ils nous ont inspirés, et se sont inspirés les uns les autres, en réalisant des exploits extraordinaires. Ce sont les six légendes, explique Deepak Chopra, président-directeur général de Postes Canada. Nous espérons que l’émission de ces timbres rendra cette année charnière encore plus spéciale pour la LNH. » « Enfants, les Canadiens rêvent de jouer dans la LNH et de reproduire les prouesses de leurs héros sur la patinoire, raconte l’honorable Carla Qualtrough, ministre des Services publics et de l’Approvisionnement, qui est la ministre responsable de Postes Canada. Ces six légendes ont accompli des exploits qui ont impressionné leurs coéquipiers et adversaires match après match tout au long de leur brillante carrière. »

« Le 1er janvier, nous avons donné le coup d’envoi aux célébrations du centenaire qui dureront toute l’année. Cent ans d’histoire, de traditions et de souvenirs mémorables, un avenir palpitant qui nous attend… Il y a de quoi célébrer, souligne Brian Jennings, directeur du marketing de la LNH. Nous avons la chance de collaborer avec de grandes marques comme Postes Canada, qui partage notre passion pour ce beau sport. » Ensemble, ces joueurs étoiles ont accumulé plus de 9 500 points en près de 7 000 matchs de saison régulière. Ils ont remporté 40 championnats de la Coupe Stanley, dont 30 en tant que joueurs et 10 en tant que membre de la direction, et plus de 80 honneurs individuels.

Conçues par Avi Dunkelman et Joe Gault de Mix Design Group à Toronto, les vignettes présentent toutes un portrait en buste de chaque joueur en uniforme et la Coupe Stanley en arrière-plan. Les blocs-feuillets aux dimensions d’une carte de hockey montrent les joueurs tenant la Coupe Stanley. Tout comme les cartes de hockey, ils ne sont offerts qu’en paquet de six.

L’émission Légendes canadiennes du hockey suit celle de 2013 qui portait sur les chandails des équipes de la LNH, celle de 2014 qui mettait en vedette les défenseurs de l’époque des Original SixMC, celle de 2015 qui rendait hommage aux grands gardiens de but canadiens et celle sur les grands attaquants canadiens lancée l’année dernière.

CONTEXTE
Maurice « le Rocket » Richard joue pendant 18 ans au sein de la LNH avec les Canadiens de Montréal. En 978 matchs de saison régulière, il marque 544 buts, reçoit 422 mentions d’aide et accumule 966 points, en plus d’établir trois records célèbres : 50 buts en une saison, 50 buts en 50 matchs (1944-1945) et 500 buts en carrière. Il remporte le championnat de la Coupe Stanley à huit reprises, dont cinq fois de suite de 1955-1956 à 1959-1960, ainsi que le trophée Hart à titre de meilleur joueur de la Ligue pour la saison 1946-1947. Il arrive cinq fois en tête des marqueurs de la Ligue. Les Canadiens retirent son chandail numéro 9 en 1960 et il est intronisé au Temple de la renommée du hockey un an plus tard.

Jean Béliveau joue 18 saisons complètes et deux saisons partielles au sein de la LNH avec les Canadiens de Montréal. En 1 125 matchs de saison régulière, il marque 507 buts, reçoit 712 mentions d’aide et accumule 1 219 points. Son nom est gravé sur la Coupe Stanley à 10 reprises en tant que joueur et à 7 autres reprises à titre de membre de la direction des Canadiens, pour un total record de 17 fois. Il reçoit le trophée Art-Ross remis au meilleur marqueur de la Ligue pour la saison 1955-1956, le trophée Hart à deux reprises (1955-1956 et 1963-1964) et le trophée Conn-Smythe remis au joueur le plus utile en séries éliminatoires pour la saison 1964-1965. Les Canadiens retirent son chandail numéro 4 en 1971, puis il est intronisé au Temple de la renommée du hockey en 1972. On lui remet le Prix de la LNH pour l’ensemble de sa carrière en 2009.

Gordie Howe joue plus de 30 saisons dans les ligues professionnelles, dont 26 saisons au sein de la LNH avec les Detroit Red Wings et les Hartford Whalers. En 1 767 matchs de saison régulière, il marque 801 buts, reçoit 1 049 mentions d’aide et accumule 1 850 points. Lorsqu’il accroche ses patins, Gordie Howe trône en tête de la Ligue pour le nombre de matchs joués, de buts, de mentions d’aide et de points. Il remporte quatre championnats de la Coupe Stanley, il reçoit les trophées Art-Ross et Hart à six reprises, ainsi que le trophée Lester-Patrick pour sa contribution au hockey aux États-Unis. Gordie Howe est également le premier lauréat du Prix de la LNH pour l’ensemble de sa carrière en 2008. Il est intronisé au Temple de la renommée du hockey en 1972. La même année, les Red Wings retirent son chandail numéro 9.

Bobby Orr joue 657 matchs de saison régulière avec les Boston Bruins et les Chicago BlackhawksMD au cours de 12 saisons, de 1966 à 1978. Il marque 270 buts, reçoit 645 mentions d’aide et accumule 915 points. En 10 saisons avec les Bruins, il en termine 6 de suite en ayant atteint 100 points. En 1969-1970, il est le premier joueur à remporter quatre honneurs individuels en une seule saison, soit les trophées Conn-Smythe, Norris, Art-Ross et Hart. Il est le seul défenseur de la LNH à réussir neuf tours du chapeau au cours de sa carrière. En 1970-1971, il établit le record de mentions d’aide (102) et de points (139) inscrits en une saison par un défenseur tout en enregistrant un différentiel de +124, du jamais vu dans la Ligue. Il remporte deux championnats de la Coupe Stanley et reçoit le trophée Conn-Smythe à ces deux occasions. On lui remet le trophée Norris, décerné au meilleur défenseur de la Ligue, à huit reprises, un record toujours inégalé. Bobby Orr reçoit aussi le trophée Hart trois fois et le trophée Art-Ross à deux reprises. Il est intronisé au Temple de la renommée du hockey en 1979. La même année, les Bruins retirent son chandail numéro 4.

Mario Lemieux joue 17 saisons au sein de la LNH avec les Pittsburgh Penguins de 1984 à 2005. En 915 matchs de saison régulière, il marque 690 buts, reçoit 1 033 mentions d’aide et accumule 1 723 points. Il remporte le trophée Calder de la recrue de l’année pour la saison 1984-1985 et termine 10 saisons de la LNH avec 100 points ou plus à sa fiche. Son nom est gravé cinq fois sur la Coupe Stanley : deux fois en tant que joueur et trois fois en tant que propriétaire. On lui remet le trophée Conn-Smythe à deux reprises, le trophée Art-Ross à six reprises et le trophée Hart à trois reprises. Les Penguins retirent son chandail numéro 66 en 1997. La même année, il est intronisé au Temple de la renommée du hockey.

Wayne Gretzky joue 20 saisons au sein de la LNH avec les Edmonton Oilers, les Los Angeles KingsMD, les St. Louis BluesMD et les New York RangersMD de 1979 à 1999. En 1 487 matchs de saison régulière, il marque 894 buts, reçoit 1 963 mentions d’aide et accumule 2 857 points, des records dans la Ligue. Même en n’ayant marqué aucun but, il aurait devancé tous les autres joueurs au classement des points grâce à toutes ses mentions d’aide en carrière. Lorsqu’il prend sa retraite, il détient plus de 60 records de la LNH, dont celui du joueur ayant marqué le plus rapidement 50 buts en une saison, un exploit accompli en seulement 39 matchs durant la saison 1981-1982. Wayne Gretzky remporte quatre championnats de la Coupe Stanley, et reçoit le trophée Conn-Smythe à deux reprises, le trophée Art-Ross à dix reprises et le trophée Hart à neuf reprises. Le trophée commémoratif Lady Byng, remis au joueur ayant fait preuve du meilleur esprit sportif tout en se distinguant par la qualité de son jeu, lui est décerné à cinq occasions et on lui remet également le trophée Lester Patrick pour sa contribution au hockey aux États-Unis. Son chandail numéro 99 est retiré à l’échelle de la Ligue lorsqu’il prend sa retraite et il est intronisé au Temple de la renommée du hockey en 1999.

À propos des timbres Légendes canadiennes du hockey
Offerts en carnet de six timbres (un pour chaque joueur représenté) mesurant 40 mm sur 32 mm et dotés d’une dentelure simulée, ils sont imprimés par Lowe-Martin sur du papier Tullis Russell au moyen d’un procédé lithographique en sept couleurs. Les blocs-feuillets surdimensionnés de la taille de cartes de hockey sont aussi offerts en paquets de six. Chacun offre une chance de gagner : un paquet sur 40 contient un bloc-feuillet signé et authentifié. Produits connexes : Un feuillet miniature sur papier gommé met en vedette les six joueurs. Il est orné d’une Coupe Stanley gaufrée à estampage argenté. Les plis Premier Jour officiels – un pour chaque joueur – seront oblitérés au lieu de naissance des joueurs : Montréal QC (Maurice Richard et Mario Lemieux), Trois-Rivières QC (Jean Béliveau), Floral SK (Gordie Howe), Parry Sound ON (Bobby Orr) et Brantford ON (Wayne Gretzky). Des reproductions encadrées et numérotées à tirage limité seront offertes pour chaque joueur.

Diwali (Canada/India 2017)

From Canada Post, posted September 23rd:

[press release]
Canada Post and India Post mark Diwali, Festival of Lights
Joint stamp issue is a historic first for these two postal services

TORONTO – Canada Post and India Post are joining hands to issue stamps that celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights, an important annual observance for many Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains in Canada and around the world. The joint stamp issue is a historic first between these postal services and reflects our country’s diversity in the year of Canada 150.

The stamps were unveiled September 21st at Toronto City Hall by Canada Post President and CEO Deepak Chopra; His Excellency, Mr. Vikas Swarup, the High Commissioner of India to Canada; and His Worship John Tory, Mayor of Toronto.

“The Diwali stamps express our pride in Canada being a land of diverse faiths, customs and celebrations,” says Mr. Deepak Chopra. “It is fitting that this historic first joint issue celebrates the strong relationship between Canada and India.”

About a month ahead of Diwali celebrations, which will be held from October 19 to 23, two domestic-rate stamps are available in Canada. A stamp with a red background is the Canadian design, while one with a gold background was designed by India Post. The souvenir sheet has a Canadian international rate stamp and an Indian stamp.

Diwali, a five-day celebration, begins on the 15th day of Kartika in the Hindu calendar. Its main theme is the triumph of light over darkness. The celebration traditionally includes fireworks. In Canada, people often light candles in their homes, while in India, they light small clay lamps filled with oil; illumination is believed to ward off evil and attract happiness and good fortune. Believers also display colourful geometric rangoli patterns to decorate entrances. Families and friends also share sweets and gifts with one another and with those in need.

About the stamp
Designed by Doreen Colonello of Entro Communications and India Post, and printed by Lowe-Martin, the Permanent domestic-rate stamps measure 30 mm by 35 mm. They are printed in five colours plus a varnish, and are available in booklets of 10. The Official First Day Cover is cancelled in Toronto, ON.

Background: Stamps for other major religious celebrations
The Diwali stamps are among several that reflect Canada’s religious diversity 150 years after Confederation. They include our annual Christmas stamps with a Christian image and another with a secular holiday theme. In May, our Eid stamp recognized Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, two important festivals for Canada’s more than one million Muslims and those worldwide. A Hanukkah stamp will recognize the Jewish faith’s eight-day celebration in December.

LE 21 SEPTEMBRE 2017 – COMMUNIQUÉ – POSTES CANADA

Postes Canada et India Post soulignent Diwali, la fête des Lumières
C’est la première émission conjointe des deux services postaux

TORONTO – Postes Canada et India Post s’unissent pour émettre des timbres en l’honneur de Diwali, la fête des Lumières, événement annuel important pour de nombreux hindous, sikhs, bouddhistes et jaïns partout dans le monde. L’émission conjointe est la première de l’histoire de ces administrations postales et témoigne de la diversité de notre pays en cette année de Canada 150.

Les vignettes ont été dévoilées aujourd’hui à l’hôtel de ville de Toronto par Deepak Chopra, président-directeur général de Postes Canada, Son Excellence Vikas Swarup, Haut-Commissaire de l’Inde au Canada, et Monsieur le Maire de Toronto, John Tory.

« Les timbres consacrés à Diwali évoquent notre fierté de vivre dans un pays aux diverses religions, cultures et traditions, souligne M. Deepak Chopra. Le lancement de cette première émission conjointe est de circonstance, puisqu’elle met en valeur les excellentes relations qui existent entre le Canada et l’Inde. »

À peu près un mois avant les célébrations, qui auront lieu du 19 au 23 octobre, deux figurines au tarif du régime intérieur sont offertes au Canada. Le motif de l’une, conçu au Canada, est présenté sur fond rouge, alors que l’autre, sur fond doré, a été élaboré par India Post. Le bloc-feuillet est orné d’un timbre canadien du régime international et d’un timbre indien.

Diwali, festival d’une durée de cinq jours, commence le 15e jour de Kartika, dans le calendrier hindou. Il a pour principal thème le triomphe de la lumière sur l’obscurité. Des feux d’artifice font traditionnellement partie des festivités. Au Canada, les gens allument souvent des bougies dans leur maison alors qu’en Inde, ils allument de petites lampes en terre cuite remplies d’huile; on dit que la lumière éloigne le mal et attire le bonheur et la chance. Les croyants dessinent aussi des rangolis aux contours géométriques pour décorer les seuils. Familles et amis partagent des friandises et échangent des cadeaux entre eux et avec des nécessiteux.

À propos des timbres
Conçus par Doreen Colonello d’Entro Communications et par India Post, les timbres sont imprimés par Lowe-Martin. Ces timbres PermanentsMC au tarif du régime intérieur mesurent 30 mm sur 35 mm. Ils sont imprimés en cinq couleurs et vernis, et ils sont offerts en carnets de 10. L’oblitération Premier Jour porte la mention « Toronto ON ».

Renseignements généraux : Timbres célébrant d’autres fêtes religieuses importantes
Les vignettes consacrées à Diwali font partie des quelques émissions de 2017 qui témoignent de la diversité religieuse du Canada 150 ans après la Confédération, comme nos timbres de Noël, dont l’un représente une image sacrée et l’autre, un thème profane. En mai dernier, notre émission de l’Aïd soulignait deux importants festivals, l’Aïd al-Fitr et l’Aïd al-Adha, en l’honneur des musulmans du Canada – qui sont plus d’un million – et de tous les musulmans du monde. Un timbre marquant la Hanoukka sera émis pour célébrer la fête religieuse observée en décembre par la communauté juive.

Canada 150: Olympics and Paralympics (Canada 2017)

[press release]
Spirit of the Games: Canada’s Paralympic and Olympic achievements honoured in final two Canada 150 stamps
Canadian athletes, our country’s success in hosting Paralympics and Olympics celebrated as all 10 Canada 150 stamps go on sale

RICHMOND, B.C. – Canadian Paralympic and Olympic greats unveiled the final two Canada 150 stamps June 1 at a special ceremony honouring Canada’s athletes and the country’s success in hosting the Paralympic and Olympic Games.

All 10 Canada 150 stamps and associated stamp products are now on sale online at canadapost.ca and in postal outlets across the country. The Canada 150 stamps being issued by Canada Post mark unforgettable moments and achievements in Canada since our country’s centennial in 1967.

Paralympic glory
Canadian Paralympic legends Arnold Boldt and Lauren Woolstencroft unveiled a stamp celebrating Canada’s achievements in the Paralympic movement and our country’s role as host of two Paralympic Games – in Toronto in 1976 and Vancouver in 2010. Boldt is a six-time Paralympian who won eight medals in high jump and long jump, including seven gold. Woolstencroft, a former para-alpine skier and the first Canadian winter Paralympian to win five gold medals at a single Games, is featured on the Paralympic stamp.

Olympic greatness
Canadian high-jump legend and Olympic silver medallist Greg Joy, along with Joannie Rochette, Olympic bronze medallist in figure skating, unveiled a separate stamp commemorating Canada’s success as a three-time host of the Olympic Games: the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montréal, the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The Olympic stamp features a triumphant Alexandre Bilodeau after winning the men’s moguls event in Vancouver and capturing Canada’s first Olympic gold medal on Canadian soil.

Both the Paralympic and Olympic stamps were unveiled at a ceremony held at Canada Post’s Pacific Processing Centre in Richmond, B.C. Left to right, Canadian Paralympic legends Arnold Boldt and Lauren Woolstencroft unveiled a stamp celebrating Canada’s achievements in the Paralympic movement and Joannie Rochette, Olympic bronze medallist in figure skating, and Canadian high-jump legend and Olympic silver medallist Greg Joy unveiled a separate stamp commemorating Canada’s success as a three-time host of the Olympic Games. Photo by Flora Gordon/Canada Post.

Lasting legacies and memories
The Olympic and Paralympic Games held in Canada inspired a nation, left an indelible mark on our country, and showcased Canada to the world. They produced iconic Canadian moments and influenced generations of current, former and up-and-coming Olympians. Thousands of Canadians participated in the Olympic and Paralympic torch relays that toured through communities across Canada, allowing people of all ages and athletic abilities to have their own special Games moment.

All 10 Canada 150 stamps now on sale
Each stamp in the set has been unveiled by a distinguished Canadian individual or group related to the moment being celebrated. The location of each stamp launch also directly related to the moment being commemorated. The first stamp, celebrating Expo 67, was unveiled in Montréal by Habitat 67 architect Moshe Safdie on April 27, while the stamp honouring the Constitution and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was unveiled on Parliament Hill on May 3 with the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada. The third stamp, which pays tribute to the Canadarm and Canadian innovation, was unveiled by Canadian Space Agency astronaut Jeremy Hansen during a recorded event at a Toronto school and released online May 4.

The fourth stamp, commemorating the 2005 passage of the Civil Marriage Act – which made marriage equality the law in Canada – was unveiled in Toronto on May 9 in partnership with The 519, an organization that supports the LGBTQ community. The fifth stamp, celebrating the Trans-Canada Highway, was unveiled in Regina on May 16 by Canadian country music star Dean Brody. The sixth stamp, honouring Terry Fox and his Marathon of Hope, was unveiled in St. John’s, N.L. on May 25 by Judith Fox, Terry’s sister. The seventh stamp, commemorating Nunavut becoming a territory, was unveiled May 30 at the legislative assembly in Iqaluit by Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna, Commissioner of Nunavut Nellie Kusugak, and George Qulaut, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut. The eighth stamp, celebrating Canada’s victory in the 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union, was unveiled May 31 at CFB Winnipeg by Canadian hockey legends who played on the team.

About the stamps
Each of the 10 maple-leaf shaped die-cut PermanentTM domestic-rate stamps measures 40 mm x 40 mm and is printed in 6 colours plus tagging. The self-adhesive stamps are available in a booklet of 10 (4 million stamps). A gummed pane of 10 stamps, with circle perforations 4.5 cm in diameter, is also available (80,000 panes). Official First Day Covers, one for each stamp design and each cancelled in OTTAWA ON, are available in a pack of 10 (10,000 packs). The stamp issue was designed by Roy White and Liz Wurzinger of Subplot Design Inc. in Vancouver, B.C., and printed by the Lowe-Martin Group.

Canada Post’s videos on the Olympic and Paralympic Games:

Canada Post’s video on the Paralympics:

Canada 150: Summit Series Hockey (Canada 2017)

[press release]
Players from legendary 1972 Canada-USSR Summit Series unveil stamp of unforgettable goal, visit with RCAF’s 17 Wing
Stamp is eighth of 10 that revisit exceptional moments of the last 50 years, as country celebrates Canada 150

CFB WINNIPEG – Canada Post May 31st unveiled its latest Canada 150 stamp by uniting legendary players who wore this country’s flag as members of Team Canada 1972 with proud Canadians who take the Maple Leaf to the skies as members of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

The players included Pat Stapleton, who chairs the board of Team Canada 1972, and Bobby Clarke, Yvan Cournoyer, Pete Mahovlich, Frank Mahovlich, Eddie Johnston, Brad Park, Wayne Cashman and Jean Ratelle. Sean Goldsworthy (representing his father Bill Goldsworthy) and John Ferguson Jr. (representing his father John Ferguson) also participated.

Together with Colonel Andy Cook, 17 Wing Winnipeg Commander, they unveiled a stamp celebrating the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union – chosen as one of the unforgettable moments since the country’s centennial in 1967. It is the eighth of 10 such moments being celebrated in stamps to mark Canada 150. (Photo below by John Kristalovich/Canada Post)

No other hockey series – before or since – galvanized Canada like it did, or changed the game of hockey to the same extent. The eight-game series – which included a 4-4 tie played in Winnipeg – was a roller-coaster ride that the entire country took together, from cocky confidence to despair, to a hard-fought, dying-seconds victory.

The series assembled our best National Hockey League players, and for the first time, a national team was named Team Canada. They were pitted against the Soviet Union’s national team, who had been world and Olympic champions nine times in the previous 10 years. Fans and media expected a low-key, lopsided victory for Canada – eight games, eight wins. By the end of the second period in Game One, the out-of-shape and badly outplayed Canadian players realized they were in “a dogfight” for hockey supremacy. After playing four games in Canada, Team Canada had one win, one tie and two losses – and was booed by the fans during the game in Vancouver. That triggered a famous post-game speech by team captain Phil Esposito scolding the country on national television.

When they arrived in Moscow for the final four games, Team Canada and the 3,000 fans who made the trip found themselves in another kind of contest: one without referees. At the height of the Cold War, Soviet surveillance and suspicious activities, such as repeated phone calls to their hotel rooms in the middle of the night, injected a spy-novel atmosphere. The Canadians saw it all as an orchestrated attempt to throw them off their game, a reflection of off-ice politics interfering with on-ice play.

Nonetheless, the plucky Canadians rallied. They won the last three games in Moscow – each one capped by a game-winning goal from winger Paul Henderson, including the Game 8 series winner depicted on the stamp. After the series of the century, hockey would never be the same: before long, international players joined – and excelled in – professional hockey in North America.

The next and final stamps in the Canada 150 set will be revealed in Vancouver on Thursday, June 1, the same day all the stamps and related products go on sale. The unveilings began with architect Moshe Safdie unveiling an Expo 67 stamp; the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C., Chief Justice of Canada, unveiling a Constitution stamp; astronaut Jeremy Hansen unveiling a Canadarm stamp; a marriage equality stamp with members of The 519, a City of Toronto agency committed to the health, happiness and full participation of LGBTQ communities; a Trans-Canada Highway stamp with country music star Dean Brody; a stamp commemorating Terry Fox’s 1980 Marathon of Hope, unveiled with his sister Judith Fox; and a stamp celebrating the creation of Nunavut, unveiled at the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut with Premier Peter Taptuna and Commissioner of Nunavut Nellie Kusugak.

About the stamps
Each of the 10 maple-leaf shaped die-cut PermanentTM domestic-rate stamps measures 40 mm x 40 mm and is printed in 6 colours plus tagging. The self-adhesive stamps are available in a booklet of 10 (4 million stamps). A gummed pane of 10 stamps, with circle perforations 4.5 cm in diameter, is also available (80,000 panes). Official First Day Covers, one for each stamp design and each cancelled in OTTAWA ON, are available in a pack of 10 (10,000 packs). The stamp issue was designed by Roy White and Liz Wurzinger of Subplot Design Inc. in Vancouver, B.C., and printed by the Lowe-Martin Group.

About Team Canada 1972 and 28-8
In 2014, Team Canada 1972 launched this initiative, which promotes the power of teamwork and acknowledges the team effort throughout the Summit Series – all 28,800 seconds of it.

About 17 Wing Winnipeg
17 Wing is comprised of squadrons, training schools and command elements. The six aviation schools co-located at CFB Winnipeg are second to none in the world. 17 Wing is a composite formation conducting and supporting flying operations and a variety of training and command functions. It also supports 113 units stretching from Thunder Bay, Ont., to the Saskatchewan/Alberta border and from the 49th Parallel to the high Arctic.

Canada Post’s video about the stamp subject:

Canada 150: Nunavut (Canada 2017)

[press release]
“Our land”: Nunavut becoming a territory celebrated in seventh stamp marking Canada 150
Territory created in 1999 following largest Aboriginal land claims settlement in Canadian history

IQALUIT, NUNAVUT – Nunavut’s Premier, its Commissioner and the Speaker of the legislative assembly unveiled a stamp May 30th that commemorates the creation of the territory of Nunavut in 1999 and celebrates the people who call it home.

Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna, Commissioner of Nunavut Nellie Kusugak, and George Qulaut, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut unveiled the stamp at the legislature in Iqaluit, the capital of Canada’s newest and largest territory. The Nunavut stamp is the seventh of 10 stamps being issued by Canada Post to celebrate Canada 150. The stamps mark unforgettable moments in Canada since our country’s centennial in 1967.

The Nunavut stamp features an image of Leah Ejangiaq Kines, photographed by her spouse Clare Kines, both of whom are residents of Arctic Bay, Nunavut.

The creation of Nunavut was the first major change to Canada’s map since Newfoundland and Labrador joined Confederation in 1949, and came about from the largest Aboriginal land claims settlement in Canadian history. The territory encompasses about one-fifth of Canada’s land mass and is home to fewer than 40,000 people, most of them Inuit.

Nunavut means “our land” in the Inuit language of Inuktitut.

The journey to becoming a territory
Beginning in the late 1960s, and continuing through the 1970s, a sustained effort took hold among Inuit groups to negotiate land claims with the federal government and secure their own territory. Negotiations intensified in the 1980s and ultimately led to the 1993 Nunavut Land Claims Agreement with the federal government and Government of the Northwest Territories, which laid the foundation for the creation of the territory of Nunavut on April 1, 1999.

The new territory was carved out of the central and eastern portion of the Northwest Territories and is now the largest province or territory in Canada, encompassing around 1.9 million square kilometres.

Three more Canada 150 stamps to come
Each stamp in the set has been unveiled by a distinguished Canadian individual or group related to the moment being celebrated. The location of each stamp launch also directly relates to the moment being commemorated. The first stamp, celebrating Expo 67, was unveiled in Montréal by Habitat 67 architect Moshe Safdie on April 27, while the stamp honouring the Constitution and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was unveiled on Parliament Hill on May 3 with the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada. The third stamp, which pays tribute to the Canadarm and Canadian innovation, was unveiled by Canadian Space Agency astronaut Jeremy Hansen during a recorded event at a Toronto school and released online May 4.

The fourth stamp, commemorating the 2005 passage of the Civil Marriage Act – which made marriage equality the law in Canada – was unveiled in Toronto on May 9 in partnership with The 519, an organization that supports the LGBTQ community. The fifth stamp, celebrating the Trans-Canada Highway, was unveiled in Regina on May 16 by Canadian country music star Dean Brody. The sixth stamp, honouring Terry Fox and his Marathon of Hope, was unveiled in St. John’s, N.L. on May 25 by Judith Fox, Terry’s sister. The next stamp in the Canada 150 set will be unveiled in Winnipeg on May 31.

The last of the stamps will be unveiled on June 1.

About the stamp
Each of the 10 maple-leaf shaped die-cut PermanentTM domestic-rate stamps measures 40 mm x 40 mm and is printed in 6 colours plus tagging. The self-adhesive stamps are available in a booklet of 10 (4 million stamps). A gummed pane of 10 stamps, with circle perforations 4.5 cm in diameter, is also available (80,000 panes). Official First Day Covers, one for each stamp design and each cancelled in OTTAWA ON, are available in a pack of 10 (10,000 packs). The stamp issue was designed by Roy White and Liz Wurzinger of Subplot Design Inc. in Vancouver, B.C., and printed by the Lowe-Martin Group.

Canada Post’s video on Nunavut:

Canada 150: Marathon of Hope (Canada 2017)

[press release]
Hope, courage, hero: Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope celebrated in sixth stamp marking Canada 150
Terry Fox’s sister unveils stamp honouring Canadian icon and one of Canada’s unforgettable moments of last 50 years

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Terry Fox’s sister Judith Fox unveiled a stamp today honouring her brother’s remarkable Marathon of Hope in 1980, which inspired Canadians, captivated a country, and launched a lasting legacy across Canada and around the world.

Judith Fox unveiled the stamp at a ceremony at City Hall in St. John’s, N.L., not far from Mile 0 – the spot where the Marathon of Hope began on April 12, 1980 when Terry Fox dipped his artificial right leg into the Atlantic Ocean. Children from Roncalli Elementary in St. John’s also participated in today’s ceremony and proudly displayed posters explaining how Fox has inspired them to believe they can achieve whatever goals they have in life.

Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope is one of the most identifiable and cherished events in Canadian history. It remains an enduring symbol of courage, selflessness and hope.

Fox was only 18 years old when he was diagnosed with bone cancer and had his right leg amputated. Three years later, Fox launched his Marathon of Hope to raise money for cancer research. He ran close to a marathon a day (approximately 42 kilometres) for 143 days, raising millions of dollars during the run and immediately afterward. Fox ran a total of 5,373 kilometres – more than halfway across Canada – before having to stop his Marathon of Hope near Thunder Bay, Ont. on Sept. 1, 1980 because cancer had spread to his lungs.

Fox’s lasting legacy continues to inspire Canadians
Fox continues to be a hero to generations of Canadians who honour his legacy by participating in the annual Terry Fox Run at locations around the world. The Terry Fox Foundation, which organizes the runs, has raised more than $700 million worldwide for cancer research, while the Terry Fox Research Institute is helping to improve health outcomes for cancer patients everywhere. Fox’s determination and amazing achievement have also changed public perceptions of people with physical disabilities.

The Marathon of Hope is the sixth of 10 stamps being issued by Canada Post to celebrate Canada 150. The stamps mark unforgettable moments in Canada since our country’s centennial in 1967.

Four more Canada 150 stamps to come
Each stamp in the set has been unveiled by a distinguished Canadian individual or group related to the moment being celebrated. The location of each stamp launch also directly relates to the moment being commemorated. The first stamp, celebrating Expo 67, was unveiled in Montréal by Habitat 67 architect Moshe Safdie on April 27, while the stamp honouring the Constitution and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was unveiled on Parliament Hill on May 3 with the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada. The third stamp, which pays tribute to the Canadarm and Canadian innovation, was unveiled by Canadian Space Agency astronaut Jeremy Hansen during a recorded event at a Toronto school and released online May 4.

The fourth stamp, commemorating the 2005 passage of the Civil Marriage Act – which made marriage equality the law in Canada – was unveiled in Toronto on May 9 in partnership with The 519, an organization that supports the LGBTQ community. The fifth stamp, celebrating the Trans-Canada Highway, was unveiled in Regina on May 16 by Canadian country music superstar Dean Brody. The next stamp in the Canada 150 set will be unveiled in Iqaluit on May 30.

The remaining stamps will be unveiled individually at cities across the country, the last of them on June 1.

About the stamp
Each of the 10 maple-leaf shaped die-cut PermanentTM domestic-rate stamps measures 40 mm x 40 mm and is printed in 6 colours plus tagging. The self-adhesive stamps are available in a booklet of 10 (4 million stamps). A gummed pane of 10 stamps, with circle perforations 4.5 cm in diameter, is also available (80,000 panes). Official First Day Covers, one for each stamp design and each cancelled in OTTAWA ON, are available in a pack of 10 (10,000 packs). The stamp issue was designed by Roy White and Liz Wurzinger of Subplot Design Inc. in Vancouver, B.C., and printed by the Lowe-Martin Group.