The price of mailing a regular letter within Canada will rise 2 cents to 63 cents on Jan. 14.

Postage rate increases are supposed to keep with inflation based on the Canada's consumer price index.  However the postage rate increased have been more than the CPI for the past 12 years.  The cost of a mailing a letter in 2000 was 47 cents, in 2013 it will be 63 cents.  A 12 year increase of almost 37%.  Inflation for the same 12 year period according to the Bank of Canada has been 26%.

In the next 10 years that price of gas, Canada Post employee salaries, taxes will increase.

Buying and hoarding permanent P stamps, since they have the same value of a regular letter mail stamp, would have returned a 11% profit.

If you mail a lot of letter or packages it is time once again to stock up on Canada Post `P` stamps. 

Year Postage Increase
2000 $0.46 0.00%
2001 $0.47 2.17%
2002 $0.48 2.13%
2003 $0.49 2.08%
2005 $0.50 2.04%
2006 $0.51 2.00%
2007 $0.52 1.96%
2008 $0.52 0.00%
2009 $0.54 3.85%
2010 $0.57 5.56%
2011 $0.59 3.51%
2012 $0.61 3.39%
2013 $0.63 3.28%

The Globe and Mail at now requires readers who look at more than 10 articles a month to pay for their articles.  The introductory price is 99 cents for the first month.  Then you will have to pay the regular price of $19.99.

Online versions of Canadian newspapers only have a limited numbers of articles.  The paid print versions have more articles.  Online newspaper websites rely on advertising to generate revenue and are subsidized by their print versions.

If you do not want to sign up for the Globe and Mail online service there are a couple of ways to get around the paywall.  The Globe and Mail paywall uses cookies to track the number of articles you read per month.

The easiest and quickest way to to use private browsing.  You can also use the switching browsers, or blocking single site cookies methods.  All have been listed below.

Private Browsing


At the top of the Firefox window, click the Firefox button (Tools menu in Windows XP) and select Start Private Browsing.

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Internet Explorer

To open an InPrivate Browsing window, you can either use the Ctrl+Shift+P shortcut key, or just use the Safety \ InPrivate Browsing item on the menu.
And you’ll immediately see a private browsing window, which will leave no traces of your browsing history.


Open an incognito window
  1. Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select New incognito window.
  3. A new window will open with the incognito icon incognito icon in the corner. You can continue browsing as normal in the other window.
You can also use the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+Shift+N (Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS) and ⌘-Shift-N (Mac) to open an incognito window.

Switch Browsers

You get 10 articles per browser.  If you have Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer installed on your computer you can read 30 articles per month.

Block Cookies From The Globe and Mail

You don't necessarily way to block cookies from all websites.  Most websites store a lot of tracking information in cookies and though it might seem like a good idea to block all cookies doing so will only cause you more headaches.

You will have to enter all your usernames, passwords, security questions everytime you visit a website.  Some sites will not allow you to logon because they will assume that you a logging from a  public computer.

You want to block cookies from the Globe and Mail only.

First set Firefox to block cookies from one website:
  1. Go to the website you wish to block from setting cookies in Firefox.
  2. Right-click within the page and select View Page Info.
  3. In the Page Info window, select the Permissions panel.
  4. Underneath Set Cookies, remove the check mark from Use Default.
  5. Change the setting to Block. Blocking Cookies - Win1
  6. Close the Page Info window.
  7. Remove any cookies that the website has already set in Firefox.
Then To delete cookies for one site:
  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button (Tools menu in Windows XP) and then click Options
  2. Select the Privacy panel.
  3. Set Firefox will: to Use custom settings for history. Custom History Fx 5 - Win
  4. Click Show Cookies.... The Cookies window will appear. Deleting Cookies Fx 5 - Win1
  5. In the Search: field, type the name of the site whose cookies you want to remove. The cookies that match your search will be displayed.
  6. Select the cookie(s) in the list to remove and click Remove Cookie.

    • Select the first cookie and press Shift+End to select all the cookies in the list.
  7. Click Close to close the Cookies window.