Canada Post has released topics for their 2021 Canadian stamps, with some exciting 100th anniversary celebrations in the mix. The list is an interesting selection of Canadian achievements and multicultural events.
List of 2021 Canadian stamp issues
- the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin.
- five mammals that turn white in winter.
- two legends of Canadian ballet.
- the 100th anniversary of the launch of the legendary schooner Bluenose.
- the three First World War heroes from Winnipeg’s Valour Road.
UPDATED Jan. 07, 2021. Canada Post has started issuing the 2021 stamps. The original article on the topics starts below the list. Purchase stamps here: Latest stamps | New in store | Canada Post
2021 Canadian stamps January
Lunar New Year cycle wraps up
|Lunar New Year Cycle|
12 Lunar New Year stamps.
Booklets, uncut press sheets, souvenir sheet, framed pane.
Completion of current Lunar New Year series that started in 2009. Each design is based on a previously released stamp.
Designer: Paprika Design
Previously designed stamps include 2018 QEII, and 2017 Formula 1 Drivers.
Release date: January 15, 2021
Canada 2021 Lunar New Year Stamps
|Full souvenir sheet|
Celebrating black settlements in Willow Grove NB and Amber Valley, Alberta
|Black History Month|
Two stamps celebrating two communities settled by Black Americans in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Amber Valley, Alberta & Willow Grove, NB.
The residents of Willow Grove and Amber Valley faced the challenges of poor farming land and harsh weather conditions. They also faced continued prejudice and discrimination, including from local and federal governments. Despite the hostility of their environments, these communities grew, and their descendants have enriched Canadian society and culture. Black History Month | Canada Post
Two stamps in this series
Permanent stamps, souvenir sheets, FDC
Special cancels from Athabasca AB
Designer: Lime Design
Previously designed includes 2018 Canadian Illustrators, 2012 Guardian of English Bay Joe Fortes, 2011 Black History Month featuring Fergie Jenkins,
Release date: January 22, 2021
2 booklets to be issued
|Two separate booklets issued|
|FDC Amber Valley was founded around 1910|
FDC Willow Grove was founded in 1817 by a group of Black refugees from the War of 1812 (most formerly enslaved in the United States).
2021 Canadian stamps February
What are your picks?
I’m not sure which of Canada’s ballet legends will be honoured but I’m betting it’ll be Rex Harrington and Evelyn Hart. I’m not a major fan of ballet, so I’m likely off on these picks, but with Canada’s rich ballet history and there are lots of choices.
The mammals of winter will be fun. My picks are the artic hare, arctic fox, Peary caribou, arctic wolf, and harp seal.
It’s hard to imagine a world without insulin, but the discovery is only 100 years old. Read more on it here 100 Years of Insulin: Accelerating Canadian Discoveries to Defeat Diabetes. Previous stamps highlighting insulin included the 50th anniversary issue 1971, 1990 physician’s series, and 1999 millennium issue.
And the beloved Bluenose!
1929 Bluenose stamp from writer’s collection
The Bluenose has appeared on 4 Canadian stamps, 1929, 1982, 1988 and 1998. The classic 1929 issue appeared on the 82 and 98 stamps. It’s hard to beat the iconic 1929 issue for power and grace. Of all the new releases, this one creates the greatest interest. I’d love to see a photo of the Bluenose incorporated into the design this time around.
The Valour Road stamps will honour 3 WW1 Canadian soldiers who lived on the same street in Winnipeg. Corporal Leo Clarke, Sergeant-Major Frederick William Hall, and Lieutenant Robert Shankland each won the Victoria Cross, prompting Pine Street to be renamed Valour Road in 1925.
Reoccurring themes for 2021 Canadian stamps
As expected, Canada Post will highlight several popular themes used in past years.
- spring flower stamps this year will be crab-apples blossoms.
- the Chinese Lunar New Year will feature a multi-stamp look at past issues in the series.
- Black History Month will honour pioneering settlements in Amber Valley, Alberta, and Willow Grove, New Brunswick.
- a stamp honouring the Canada Post Community Foundation, which supports a number of schools, charities, and children’s organizations.
- Eid, Diwali, and Hanukkah stamps.
- and of course, the yearly Christmas stamps which will have an angel and some as yet unannounced, classic Christmas characters.
Lots to look forward to in the new year. I’m eager to see who the designers are as well. I started a small database tracking modern designer and their stamps. If I ever complete it, I’ll share it, but don’t hold your breath. So many stamps to write about, so little time to spare.
What are your choices? Leave them in the comments below.
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International Bee Day for May 20th
I’m not sure if Canada Post will have a new bee stamp for International Bee Day for May 20th, but they issued a couple of interesting ones last year.
These two stylized permanent stamps (forever stamps) were released May 1st 2018 and they’re kind of cool. Designed by Andrew Perro and illustrated by Dave Murray, the stamps show a bumble bee (currently on the endangered species list in Canada) and a metallic green bee, which is a type of sweat bee in all it’s vivid colours.
The stamps come in singles, a booklet of 10 stamps and a First Day Cover:
The cancel on the FDC is great! They did a good job on this set although there isn’t a lot of room for the address.
First day cover
They can still be purchased via Canada Post’s online shop.
If you want to learn a bit more about bees and International Bee Day, and look at a couple of bee photos, check out the article I wrote to accompany this post – International Bee Day is Coming
I spent a few days trying to figure out how a simple question sent me swirling down a baked beans rabbit hole of nonsense. Last week I sent off a quick question to Heinz, via their website, asking where their baked beans are manufactured. Recently the little red maple leaf and “Made in Canada” banner disappeared and nowhere on the label is an indicator as to origins. I like to know where my food is coming from so I whipped of a quick query. Here’s their first answer:
There is nothing more important to us than pleasing you, and every one of our consumers, with high-quality products.
This product is available nationally, and unfortunately, I currently do not have information as to what retail stores in your area might carry this item. I’m sorry to disappoint you, and we understand how important it is to our consumers to know where to locate our products; but please understand that the decision to carry certain products rests on the grocers who make their decisions based on their consumers’ preferences.
In the meantime, we can suggest that you try speaking with the grocery store manager. They may be able to let you know when you can expect to see the product on shelf.
Is it too much to ask that they actually read the question?
Baked beans canning is a security risk
I fired off a response asking them to answer the original question, where do they make the beans? Here’s their response:
Please be advised that our foreign plants follow strict policies and procedures that we have put in place for Canadian manufacturing plants to produce high quality products.
Any production within or outside of Canada, follows careful analysis and is based on sound business reasons. We are consolidating production to make better use of our plants, and keep our business viable and competitive.I apologize, but their exact location is proprietary information in order to ensure our consumers’ safety and security
Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you again soon!
Director, Consumer Relations
So, they are keeping me safe from … what? How is my security and safety compromised by knowing what country cans their beans? OMG BUYING BAKED BEANS IS A SECURITY ISSUE! WHO’LL THINK OF THE CHILDREN! What a bullshit answer.
This was the simplest of questions. Where do you make your baked beans? Instead of being honest, Heinz offered up corporate speak for “fuck you, you don’t have the right to know”. They learned the wrong lesson from the ketchup PR debacle over the last year. Instead of being up front, they’re hoping to avoid more controversy by playing hide the button with consumers – quietly move more manufacturing out of Canada and pretend they’re protecting the safety and security of Canadian consumers by hiding country of origin.
Nicely played Heinz. I was less than enamoured with you prior to this little bit of nonsense. Now guess what company has been removed from my shopping list.