Newspaper article The Canadian Press

McAdams, Wickenheiser among This Year's Inductees to Canada's Walk of Fame

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

McAdams, Wickenheiser among This Year's Inductees to Canada's Walk of Fame

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McAdams, Wickenheiser feted at Walk of Fame

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TORONTO - A mix of Canadian talent from film, music, sport and even the law were ushered into Canada's Walk of Fame on Saturday.

Olympic hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser, actors Rachel McAdams and Ryan Reynolds, and former Supreme Court justice Louise Arbour received stars, alongside Canadian-American innovators The Band and blind blues-rock guitarist Jeff Healey, who died in 2008.

The fact that those who were honoured are from so many different fields made the moment all the more special, said Wickenheiser.

"I feel very proud to be Canadian, to be included on a list of talent that just crosses the spectrum of all sorts of different talent in this country. It's such a unique honour," Wickenheiser said as her star was unveiled under cloudy skies in downtown Toronto.

For Reynolds, being honoured with such a diverse group was something he could never have imagined as a teen.

"If you could ask me when I was 16 years old that I'd be standing here doing this right now, I'd just be lucky and happy that I lived this long, let alone to have this honour, so I'm excited," Reynolds said, adding that it was "unreal" to share the stage with Arbour.

"She kneecapped Slobo," he said, a reference to her work to bring Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic to justice on war crime charges in 1999.

Arbour is no stranger to publicity but said it was a novel experience to be in the spotlight of the Walk of Fame.

"Coming from the legal profession, the judiciary, where we don't think of ourselves as celebrities, even when our work is done very much in public, to get this kind of visibility for our work is really very special," she said.

"I really hope it will encourage a lot of young Canadians to look at the law as not a boring profession but a very exciting one."

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 and literature. …

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