CANADA POST

CANADA POST

April 14, 2010 09:33 ET

Canada Post and Israel Post Commemorate 60 Years of Friendship

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 14, 2010) - Canada Post and Israel Post are today issuing a joint international rate commemorative stamp. This marks more than 60 years of friendship and strong diplomatic relations between the two countries. It is the first joint stamp issue between Canada and Israel. Canada's diplomatic relationships with Mexico, China and Japan have previously been recognized on stamps and commemorative envelopes.

"Joint stamp issues like this one represent diplomacy in action," said John Baird, Canada's Minister of Transport and Minister responsible for Canada Post. "The bond between Canada and Israel continues to yield benefits for each country and its citizens. It is fitting that we celebrate the enduring friendship between our countries."

The social ties between Canada and Israel inspired the stamp's design – which features human beings in the shape of Canada's Maple Leaf and Israel's Star of David.

"Canada Post is proud to work directly with Israel Post on this joint issue," says Moya Greene, President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada Post. "Today's release is part of a growing number of commemorative stamps designed to recognized Canada's strong diplomatic relationships around the world."

Karen Henricks of the Toronto-based design firm q30 designed the stamp in collaboration with illustrator Yarek Waszul. A total of 660,000 stamps have been printed and will be available in booklets of six stamps.

"Over 60 years ago, Israel and Canada established diplomatic relations and began a fruitful cooperation. Our countries have since strengthened their commitment as partners in many fields, including commerce, science, culture, education, public safety and trade," says Miriam Ziv, Israel's Ambassador to Canada. "This stamp reflects the special bond between our two nations and our two peoples."

About the stamp

Each stamp measures 40 mm x 30.8 mm (horizontal) and has simulated perforations. The stamps, printed by Lowe-Martin are pressure sensitive and printed on Tullis Russell paper using lithography in four colours. They are general tagged on four sides. The official first day cover will be cancelled in both countries' capitals on the same day.

Additional information about Canadian stamps can be found in the news section of Canada Post's website, and photos of these new stamps are also available. Stamps and other products will be available at participating post offices, or can be ordered online by following the links at www.canadapost.ca/collection, or by mail order from the National Philatelic Centre. From Canada and the USA, call toll-free: 1 800 565-4362, and from other countries, call: 902 863-6550.

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