This is where I annoy you by finding the bright side in an otherwise-completely-irritating situation:
Next week, postal rates are going up again.
A letter sent within Canada goes up 2 cents, from $0.57 to $0.59.
A letter to the US goes up 3 cents, from $1.00 to $1.03.
And finally, letters sent internationally go up 5 cents, from $1.70 to $1.75.
The silver lining is that Canada Post has come out with some new low-value stamps, so you can top up the value of the stamps you already presumably have hanging around in your wallet, purse or a glassine envelope prominently placed on your desktop. (That last one might be just me.)
I was at the post office the other day and picked up a few of each - look!
I know my crappy pictures don't do them justice, but they are really pretty. Gorgeous bright colours, black edging to make them show up on your envelopes, and of course, they now come in every domination from 1 to 10 cents!!!
This one's my favourite:
From Canada Post's website: "In this latest tribute to beneficial insects, five more tiny helpers squirm onto the scene in the form of low-value definitives: the paper wasp, the assassin bug, the large milkweed bug, the margined leatherwing and the dogbane beetle. In 2007, Canada Post celebrated five other beneficial insects that roam Canada’s gardens and marshes: the golden-eyed lacewing, the cecropia moth, the convergent lady beetle, the northern bumblebee and the Canada darner. "
I'm partial to the 9-cent stamp too. Tiny art to add to envelopes... for PENNIES!! What could be better?!