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The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Royal Highlanders of Canada, Colonel Stephen F. Angus, CD is pleased to announce that Canada Post has graciously approved a Commemorative Stamp, to be issued in 2012, celebrating our 150th Anniversary of the Regiment's service to Canada. This 150th Anniversary project would not have come to pass had it not been for the dedicated efforts of Colonel George L. Logan, OMM, CD in all of the work and research that he put into guiding all of us in making this happen.



May 16, 2011                                                                                            For immediate release

The Titanic's 100th anniversary, Canadian icons and Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee all part of the 2012 Canadian stamp program

(Ottawa) - Canadian icons from Rick Hansen to Franklin the turtle, as a well as a host of other milestones and anniversaries highlight Canada Post's 2012 stamp program. The program, announced today, will honour Canadians such as Michael J. Fox; commemorate Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympic Games; and mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic off Canada's east coast.

"Stamps are chosen for their contribution to celebrating and promoting Canada-our heroes, our leading personalities, our heritage, our traditions and our achievements," said The Honourable Rob Merrifield, Minister of State (Transport).

"Creating a final program from hundreds of suggestions is, at best, challenging as we try to mark moments in time that appeal to our culture and our history," said Deepak Chopra, president and CEO, Canada Post. "The stamp program consists of approximately 20 broad subjects or themes covering some 60 stamps."

Highlights of Canada Post's 2012 stamp program


The sinking of the Titanic - a set of stamps marking Canada's role in the 1912 tragedy

Grey Cup, 100th game - a set of stamps showcasing the teams in the Canadian Football League as well as one for the 100th Grey Cup game

Calgary Stampede - two stamps to mark the centennial


From Track to Field

London 2012 Olympic Games - one stamp will mark the Games of the XXX Olympiad

Baby Wildlife Definitives - the second issue in a multi-year series depicting young animals native to Canada

Daylilies - the popular perennial is this year's flower stamp

Icons and Images

Children's Literature - a set of stamps will depict classic characters of Canadian children's literature, kicking off with Franklin the Turtle, whose books have sold more than 65 million copies worldwide

Canadians who made a difference - four exceptional individuals will be honoured, including Paralympian and activist Rick Hansen, actor Michael J. Fox, jurist and human rights leader Louise Arbour, and Inuit activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Tommy Douglas and the Birth of Medicare - the minister-turned-premier who helped usher in publicly funded health care for all Canadians, first in Saskatchewan and then across the country

Black History Month - African-Canadian cowboy John Ware, who was widely respected for his roping and riding techniques in southern Alberta, and Nova Scotian Viola Desmond, who fought for equality after her arrest in a segregated cinema

Art Canada Joe Fafard - the sculptor who pays homage to prairie and farm life

Canadian Pride Definitive - five PERMANENTTM stamps showcasing a variety of Canadian flag imagery


Royalty and Regiments

The Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II - a set of six stamps is planned to mark the historic occasion

Heroes of the War of 1812 - two stamps depicting important figures in the historic conflict.

The 150th anniversary of each of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry and the Montreal-based Black Watch regiment


Mark Your Calendars

Year of the Dragon - the fourth of the 12-year Lunar New Year series celebrating Chinese culture and traditions

Signs of the Zodiac - the second year in the 12-part series allows consumers to use postage that reflects their ‘sign'

Mental Health - the fifth annual PERMANENT stamp will again raise both awareness and funds for front-line community-based support programs, distributed by the Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health during its annual fall fund-raising campaign

Christmas (Secular) - a three-stamp series with a tasty, light-hearted theme

Christmas (Sacred) - a PERMANENT stamp featuring a stained-glass window nativity scene


In addition, Canada Post is issuing three notable commemorative envelopes in 2012, including:

City of Victoria, 150th anniversary - celebrating one of Canada's major cities and cultural centres

Royal Conservatory of Canada, 100th anniversary - marking the reach and contribution of the country's oldest and largest arts organization

Town of Torbay, Newfoundland and Labrador, 250th anniversary - commemorating the landing of the English in Torbay in 1762


New and returning members of the Stamp Advisory Committee

A national Stamp Advisory Committee comprised of knowledgeable Canadians from across the country selected for their knowledge of history, design, philately or other areas of expertise guides the selection of stamp subjects and designs.


The committee reflects English-speaking and French-speaking Canadians, and the changing ethnic diversity of the country. New appointments to the committee are:

Kenneth Lum, a Vancouver artist and founding editor of a prominent journal on Chinese contemporary art who has taught around the world; and

Edith Butler, an icon of Acadian music, the recipient of a Governor General's Life Achievement Award in fine arts, and the subject of a 2009 Canadian stamp.

Reappointments include:

Peter Steiner, an independent design consultant from Montreal; and

Henry Bishop, curator of the Black Cultural Center in Halifax.


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