June 12, 2009 14:02 ET

Celebrating a Centenary of International Cooperation in Sharing Water Resources

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 12, 2009) - Canada Post today issued a domestic rate commemorative stamp in celebration of the centenary of the Boundary Waters Treaty that has guided Canada and the United States in managing their shared boundary waters.

Water is the most crucial requirement for life as we know it, and the ability of nations and peoples to share this precious resource is an ongoing challenge for humanity.

"It was a groundbreaking treaty that proved that nations can share rather than fight over water rights," says Robert Waite, Chairman of the Stamp Advisory Committee and Senior vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility at Canada Post. "The treaty established the International Joint Commission (IJC), which was the first permanent Canadian-American body, and continues to settle and prevent disputes over our boundary waters today."

The unique stamp design is a spectacular combination of images from Niagara Falls. The background depicts a historic sepia-tone image of the American Falls while the foreground shows a modern photo of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls lit up at night in a glorious rainbow of colours. "There's a remarkable transition as the Falls of yesteryear transform through the mist into the Falls of the present day," says designer Paul Haslip. "It's a wonderful way to celebrate 100 years of the Treaty."

"The stamp catches the essence of the falls and in combining the historical, present and future in the design, it signifies the longevity of the Boundary Waters Treaty and its present and future use to prevent and resolve disputes over the shared fresh waters of Canada and the United States," said Canadian IJC Chair, the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray.

The 54-cent stamp measures 36 mm x 36 mm (square) with 13+ perforations. Lowe-Martin printed 2.5 million stamps, which will be sold in panes of 16. The P.V.A. gum stamp will be printed using lithography in eight colours on Tullis Russell paper. They are general tagged on four sides. The Official First Day Cover will bear the cancel CARDSTON AB.

While the treaty contains general provisions that apply to all boundary waters, resolutions for disputes in only two specific locations are mentioned in the Treaty, the Niagara River and the St. Mary and Milk Rivers. As the stamp features Niagara, Cardston was chosen as the cancel site because it is the home to the post office closest to where the St. Mary River and the Milk River first flow into Canada.

Additional information about Canadian stamps can be found in the News section of Canada Post's website, and a photo of the new stamps is also available. Stamps and other products will be available at participating post offices, or can be ordered online by following the links at Canada Post's website, 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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