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Canada Post honors Canadian comedians with stamp series

403949145OTTAWA (Ont.) – Today Canada Post is honouring Great Canadian Comedians by issuing a series of stamps featuring them and some of their most memorable roles. The stamps honour the work of Jim Carrey, Olivier Guimond, Mike Myers, Catherine O’Hara and Martin Short, all chosen for their talent in entertaining and making us laugh.

“Canada is the birthplace of some of the world’s most successful comedians and our series is about some of the many Canadian comedians who keep us laughing,” says Jim Phillips, Director of Stamp Services at Canada Post.

  • Jim Carrey: Born in Newmarket (Ontario), Carrey was a natural entertainer, giving his first stand-up performance at the age of 14. It wasn’t long after Carrey became a staple on Toronto’s comedy circuit. He then moved to Los Angeles where he appeared on An Evening at the Improv and The Tonight Show and as a regular on the sketch comedy series In Living Color. Carrey then starred in some of the most successful movies of all time, including Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask, Dumb and Dumber, Liar, Liar, The Truman Show, Bruce Almighty and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
  • Olivier Guimond: Rising to fame on Quebec’s burlesque scene, Guimond continued to shine at the Théâtre National, the Théâtre des Variétés, the Théâtre Odéon-Mercier, the Comédie-Canadienne and Place des Arts. Guimond starred on the popular TV series Cré Basile and appeared on the well-known Radio-Canada comedy review Bye Bye. He will always be remembered for his portrayal of Basile Lebrun on Télé-Métropole, which stands as one of Guimond’s greatest achievements.
  • Mike Myers: Born in Scarborough (Ontario), he learned to love Monty Python and Benny Hill from his father. In the early 80s, he joined Toronto’s Second City ensemble before making his mark as a cast member of Saturday Night Live, where some of his characters vaulted from the TV sketch to the big screen. He also created memorable characters, from Wayne Campbell in Wayne’s World to Austin Powers/Dr. Evil and voiced the green ogre in the Shrek movies. In 2013, he made his directorial debut with Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon.
  • Catherine O’Hara: O’Hara’s first appearance on stage was with Toronto’s Second City troupe. She moved on to television on the SCTV show, where she is remembered for playing a range of hilarious characters. Her film career took off with After Hours followed by Beetlejuice. She was memorable in the Home Alone movies, and lent her comedic talent as a voice actor in The Nightmare Before Christmas, Chicken Little, Over the Hedge and Frankenweenie.
  • Martin Short: A native of Hamilton (Ontario), Short’s comedic career kicked off by joining Toronto’s Second City troupe. He moved on to the SCTV show, creating several memorable characters that would later reappear in The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley and I, Martin Short, Goes Home. When SCTV ended, he jumped to the big screen, co-starring in Three Amigos. He also lent his voice to hit animated movies, including Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and more recently, Frankenweenie.

About the stamps

The stamps measure 40 mm x 26 mm and are available in booklets of 10. The five separate Official First Day Covers measure 191 mm x 113 mm and the souvenir sheet featuring all five comedians measures 130 mm x 95 mm. The stamps were printed by the Canadian Bank Note. Kosta Tsetsekas, Mike Savage and John Belisle of the Signals design group designed the stamps. The Official First Day Cover cancellation sites are: Jim Carrey, Newmarket, Ont.; Olivier Guimond, Montréal, Que.; Mike Myers and Catherine O’Hara, Toronto, Ont. and Martin Short, Hamilton, Ont. To download images of the stamps or to purchase philatelic products, please visit canadapost.ca/shop.

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Cuts to Canada Post hit rural areas in the Peace Region hard

In Tomslake, there isn’t much besides the post office. “That’s basically the main service now. We don’t have a cafe or anything,” said Linda Fister, a resident of the rural 350-strong hamlet southeast of Dawson Creek.

And like many rural communities across Canada, Tomslake is beginning to feel the impacts of the federal government’s cuts to Canada Post services.

Elsewhere in the Peace Region, hours are slated to be cut at rural post offices in Clayhurst, Buick, Wonowon, Prophet River, Rose Prairie and Sunset Prairie.

The Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association, the union that represents Canada Post workers, recently informed Tomslake residents of the extent of the cuts in a letter.

According to the union, Canada Post is proposing to cut hours at the Tomslake post office. The office, which is staffed by a single employee, will soon only operate for five hours a day Monday to Friday – from 10 a.m. to noon, and between 1 and 3 p.m.
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Read more: Cuts to Canada Post hit rural areas in the Peace Region hard – Local – Alaska Highway News.

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CUPW: Canada Post $62 million profit proves cuts are unnecessary

cupw_logoOTTAWA, Aug. 27, 2014 /CNW/ – Canada Post’s latest profits prove what postal workers have been saying all along: alternatives to cutting postal service should not be dismissed.

“When our post office has been profitable for most of the last two decades, the types of cuts that Canada Post and the Conservatives are trying to impose on us are completely unnecessary,” said Denis Lemelin, National President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.

“We need to do what the rest of the world is doing and make the post office a better service, not a lack of service.”

Canada Post’s case for cutting has rested on a 2013 Conference Board report that claimed traditional mail volumes would plummet, spelling disaster. Instead, the Crown Corporation has posted higher-than-expected mail volumes and significantly lower-than-predicted losses since the report was issued, including a profit in 2012.

Notably, the Conference Board report predicted Canada Post would lose $400 million in 2014 rather than showing a profit

“That ‘$1 billion by 2020′ figure the Conservatives toss around as an excuse to attack our public post office is from a report that has failed to predict anything accurately so far,” said Lemelin.

“According to Canada Post’s own annual reports, the Conference Board was wrong about 2012, they were wrong about 2013 and now they’re wrong about 2014. The report is discredited, the Conservatives are wrong and Canada Post management is wrong.”

CUPW has been pushing for postal banking, an idea steadily gaining traction in the United States, as a way to keep the postal system viable while offering much-needed financial services to underbanked Canadians.

The union points out that the upcoming anniversary of the Canadian Postal Charter provides the government with a real opportunity to consult with the public on any changes to the post office.

SOURCE Canadian Union of Postal Workers

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Montreal resident a magnet for Russian mail

Canada-Post-If you’re expecting mail from Russia and are wondering where it is, it’s possible Montreal resident Julie Delporte found it in her mailbox.

Delporte’s Rosemont address turned into something of a clearing house for mail sent from Russia to Canada last week.

Along with a postcard from her friend in St. Petersburg, Delporte received a bundle of postcards and letters destined for addresses all across Canada.

“Canada Post decided to deliver a week’s worth of mail from Russia to Canada to my mailbox,” she told Radio-Canada.

Canada Post did not return Radio-Canada’s queries for more information.

The postal workers union said there might have been a problem with a mail sorting machine.

Read more: Montreal resident a magnet for Russian mail – Montreal – CBC News.

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Canada Post wants a doctor’s note and your medical history if you want home mail delivery

Canada Post, like the US Postal Service, is trying to eliminate door to door mail delivery- but the Canadian agency is being much more aggressive- they’ve told people who want an exemption fro the community mail box requirement that they’ll need to provide specific details of their disability, and give their medical history to postal officials:

Canada Post has confirmed it will require medical information from people who have indicated they’re physically unable to get their mail once home delivery ends.

It’s sending questionnaires to people who’ve indicated they can’t pick up their mail from a community box.

Canada Post said the organization needs to know the specifics of a person’s disability — including medical history — to find the best solution for everyone.

Doctors aren’t happy:

… the president of the Canadian Medical Association Louis Francescutti said this request will cost patients money, as well as needlessly expose them to other sick patients.

Francescutti said this decision was made without any consultation with the CMA, calling it “totally irresponsible.”

“For Canada Post to suggest a whole new onslaught of Canadians are going to be visiting physicians offices, forcing physicians to make a decision about whether a patient is disabled or not able to get to a mailbox, is unrealistic,” he said.

… and neither are advocates for the disabled:

Kelly White, with the Coalition of Persons with Disabilities Newfoundland and Labrador, said Canada Post should look into getting more input from people with disabilities and providing an optional self-registry instead.

“Why Canada Post needs to know, as they say, what’s wrong with us, or what can be fixed, or why we need special services. They don’t need to know our medical history,” she said.

“We don’t want to be sharing information about ourselves any more than you do.”

White added she thinks there are some rather large loopholes in the idea.

“Persons who are going through cancer treatments, persons going through other terminal illnesses, we have people aging every single day, people who break their legs. How do we control this? How does Canada Post say, ‘Sorry, you don’t fit our mandate and you don’t have this so we can’t do this for you,'” she said.

Read more: Canada Post asking for doctor's note to keep home mail delivery – Montreal – CBC News.

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Generous Ontario widow flooded with charity junk mail

Angela Mior is a generous woman. She offers grappa and espresso to her guests. She takes care of stray cats. At 88 and living on a small pension, she typically gives hundreds of dollars a year to charity.

But even she has limits. And right now, Canada’s charitable sector is testing those limits.

In the last two months alone, 51 different non-profits have sent Angela letters soliciting donations. Some days, they spill out of her mailbox. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has contributed 11 envelopes to the haul. Several other charities have chipped in five or more.

Read more: Generous North York widow flooded with charity junk mail | Toronto Star.

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APWU Convention Video: Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW)

Standing Up, Fighting Back! – Canadian Union of Postal Workers

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The smoking gun… Harper’s plan to privatize Canada Post

After repeated denials from the Conservative government that their service cuts and rate hikes at Canada Post have anything to do with privatization, we now know the opposite to be true. An access to information request by Blacklock’s Reporter reveals that the Prime Minister’s Office conducted a secret study into privatization only months before Canada Post announced their five-point plan to cut services, jobs and increase prices. It would appear the government has deliberately misled the public.

Read more: The smoking gun… Harper's plan to privatize Canada Post | rabble.ca.

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Video: Canada Post union releases list of first homes to lose mail delivery

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The Canadian Union of Postal Workers has released a preliminary list of where community mailboxes will be installed in Winnipeg this summer and fall.

Two parts of northwest Winnipeg, specifically homes whose postal codes start with R2P and R2V will be among the first in the country to switch from door-to-door deliver to community mailboxes in the fall.

Ben Zorn, the CUPW’s local president in Winnipeg, said the union received the addresses as part of a much larger document, and they worked to extract the points.

“This is the information that Canada Post has provided to the union for the purposes of identifying letter carrier routes so presumably these would be the places,” he said. “What we see the most is that particularly in the older grid neighbourhoods is that they are on side streets along the sides of people’s properties.”

via First homes to lose door-to-door delivery on early list: postal union – Manitoba – CBC News.

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Postal Banking to the rescue in both Canada and the U.S.

OTTAWA, June 4, 2014 /CNW/ – A study of banks and payday lending companies in the United States and Canada shows a real need for a postal bank exists, especially in areas where post offices abound but few banks offer their services. The paper, presented at the 22nd Rutgers University Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics, argues that restoring postal banking in the 21st century would help support post offices while offering much-needed financial services and jobs. Read More