CANADA POST GOES "WILD" WITH NEW DEFINITIVE STAMPS 

December 20, 2000: BRC Press Release #9

OTTAWA - A grey wolf, a white-tailed deer and a red fox are the new 2001 definitive stamps that will soon complement revised designs for definitives featuring Queen Elizabeth II, the Maple Leaf and the Canadian flag. The Honourable André Ouellet, President and Chief Executive Officer for Canada Post, announced today that 13 definitive stamps and two pre-stamped envelopes, including an expanded range of Picture Postage stamps, will be issued on December 28, to coincide with the new postage rates coming into effect on January 1st, 2001. The stamps will be available in a wide range of formats and layouts. 

The image of a red fox illustrates the U.S.-rate (60 cent) definitive stamp. The largest of the four fox species found in Canada (red, grey, arctic and swift), the red fox is a carnivorous member of the dog family. Despite its name, the red fox can be a mix of colours but the back of the ears, the lower part of the legs and the feet are black and the tip of the tail is always white. Although it seems to prefer country living, the red fox occasionally settles in suburbs, city parks and golf courses. Highly adaptable, social and sometimes gregarious, foxes are considered to be among the most intelligent mammals. 

The grey wolf, a mammal familiar to most Canadians, is pictured on the 75 cent (second step) domestic rate definitive stamp. In Canada, this animal can be found from the Alaska border and Vancouver Island to Labrador on the eastern coast. Social animals, grey wolves live in a group or pack where the male adult is dominant to the adult female and her pups. Wolves communicate through postures and positions of various body parts, by scent marking and through howling and other vocalizations. 

The international rate definitive ($1.05) stamp features a beautiful white-tailed deer, the most numerous and most widely distributed of all North America's large animals. Its population is estimated at over 15 million, of which two and a half million live in Canada. Its reddish summer coat turns into a grey-brown in the fall. The deer gets its name from the characteristic white on its chin, throat, belly and undertail. This undertail is used to communicate : it's an alarm signal and the "flag" that most people see when a startled deer bounds away to safety. 

In 2001, the very popular and successful Picture Postage™ stamp will be expanded and made more flexible. The gold frame introduced in April 2000 remains, but customers may now choose from two additional colours (silver and mahogany) and two special frames : 'Love/Amour' and 'Christmas'. Frames can be used in either horizontal or vertical format while size and shape remain consistent with the 2000 format. Four of the original stickers will once again be offered : thank you/merci, the maple leaf, a pen, and a heart, while a holly sticker has been added for holiday greetings. 

In addition to a change in denomination, the designs of the Maple Leaf and Flag definitive stamps are revised. The Queen Elizabeth II definitive, previously available with a red background, has been changed to a blue background. This year, the newly-designed definitive Canadian flag is depicted fluttering in the breeze, with an Inukshuk visible in the background. An Inukshuk, previously depicted on the Nunavut stamp in 1999, is a stone monument representing a human figure. Originally used to scare caribou into an ambush, they are now used as markers to guide travelers. A third domestic rate definitive stamp features an illustration of a maple leaf as it evolves and changes over the seasons. 

The design of the flag definitive stamp is by Gottschalk and Ash International of Toronto while the Queen stamp was designed by Chris Candlish and Tom Yakobina. The maple leaf stamp design is by Pierre-Yves Pelletier of Beloeil, Québec. The newest definitives, the red-fox, the grey wolf and the white-tailed deer, were designed by René Milot of Toronto, from oil on canvas paintings. 


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