Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Rachel McAdams, Hayley Wickenheiser to Get Stars on Canada's Walk of Fame

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Rachel McAdams, Hayley Wickenheiser to Get Stars on Canada's Walk of Fame

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Rachel McAdams to join Canada's Walk of Fame


TORONTO - Olympic hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser, actors Rachel McAdams and Ryan Reynolds, and former Supreme Court justice Louise Arbour are among the latest inductees to Canada's Walk of Fame.

Canadian-American innovators the Band will also get a star, as will Jeff Healey, the blind blues-rock guitarist who died in 2008.

Arbour, an internationally acclaimed lawyer known for her human rights achievements, said Tuesday that she felt "terrifically honoured" to be recognized alongside so many famous faces.

"I have to say I was a little taken aback," she said with a laugh. "I haven't worked in a profession that generates this kind of star status.

"To the extent that anything I've done in my work can serve to encourage young lawyers, but also the public generally to have confidence in its legal system ... then I'm very happy on top of being very honoured."

Canada's Walk of Fame celebrates Canadians who have achieved excellence in a variety of areas, ranging from music, television and film to sports, science, innovation and literature.

Honorees' names are engraved on stars, which are then displayed on the sidewalks of King Street West and Simcoe Street in the downtown Entertainment District.

Wickenheiser tweeted Tuesday that she felt "very honoured and in great class of other recipients from so many walks of life."

"Feel proud to represent women's hockey," added the Saskatchewan-born forward, who has helped lead Canada's team to Olympic gold four times.

Arbour, 67, was born in Montreal and her extraordinary career has taken her all over the globe. In 1996, she was appointed by the UN Security Council as chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

She made history with the indictment of a sitting head of state, Yugoslavian president Slobodan Milosevic, in May 1999.

Arbour recalled in an interview that she brought down the indictment at the height of the NATO airstrikes in Kosovo, while Milosevic was still immensely popular in his own country.

"It was very challenging to ensure we had a solid case," she said. "He died in the course of his trial so there was never closure, but I remain convinced that we brought charges that were very solid and well-documented."

She sat on the Supreme Court of Canada between 1999 and 2004. She then joined the United Nations, where she served as High Commissioner for Human Rights until 2008.

When she reflects on her storied career, Arbour, who is now in private practice, said the best advice she can give aspiring lawyers is to be adventurous.

"Judging from my own career, there's no point planning anything," she said. "You should have your metaphorical suitcase always packed and ready to go, if you have that kind of spirit of adventure and innovation that obviously I had. …

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