Celebrating its Five Pillars of Recognition, Canada's Walk of Fame Announces the 2017 Inductees and a Commemorative Star for Canada

​Canada's Walk of Fame announces the 2017 Inductees who represent the organization's five pillars of recognition: Sports and Athletics, Philanthropy and Humanities, Arts and Entertainment, Business and Entrepreneurship, and Science and Technology. The Inductees will be honoured at the Beyond Famous Gala on November 15 at the Liberty Grand in Toronto. This intimate evening will also feature the unveiling of a special Star for Canada in commemoration of Canada 150.

The 2017 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductees are:

Donovan Bailey (Sports and Athletics) – legendary sprinter, two-time Olympic champion in the 100-metre and 4x100-metre relay, three-time world record holder and three-time world champion.

Viola Desmond (Philanthropy and Humanities) – civil-rights pioneer who will be featured on the Canadian $10 bill in 2018.

Anna Paquin (Arts and Entertainment) – award-winning film, television and theatre actress, and the youngest Canadian to win an Academy Award.

Ted Rogers (Business and Entrepreneurship) – communications pioneer and visionary business leader.

David Suzuki (Science and Technology) – scientist, broadcaster, author and global environmental activist.

Stompin' Tom Connors (Cineplex Legends Inductee) – iconic songwriter and musician whose legacy extends beyond nearly 5 million records sold in his career into the hearts, homes and classrooms of countless Canadians across the country.

"The remarkable achievements of our 2017 Inductees are truly inspirational and embody what it means for an individual to achieve beyond fame. We are honoured to recognize their incredible accomplishments this year," said Jeffrey Latimer, CEO of Canada's Walk of Fame. "We have an exciting vision for the future of Canada's Walk of Fame, to ensure that it not only celebrates Canadian achievement, but acts as a catalyst for future greatness. We will shine a brighter light on our Inductees, and as we move into our 20th Anniversary in 2018, Canada's Walk of Fame will mean more to more people, more often."

Also announced today, the 2017 Allan Slaight Honour will be awarded to JUNO Award-winning singer/songwriter Shawn Hook. The Allan Slaight Honour recognizes young, inspirational Canadians who have achieved international success in the music industry. Hook will be honoured alongside this year's Inductees on November 15th. Past recipients are Brett Kissel, Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd, Carly Rae Jepsen, Melanie Fiona, Drake and Nikki Yanofsky.

Global will broadcast a Canada's Walk of Fame one-hour documentary special on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Hosted by Emmy® Award winner Eric McCormack, Beyond Famous: Canada's Walk of Fame, showcases the 19-year history of inducting great Canadians. Through new interviews with past Inductees, insight from top Canadian cultural commentators, plus iconic moments and performances from past induction galas, the special celebrates the essence of Canada's Walk of Fame – what it means to be inducted and the culture of Canadian stardom. The documentary also examines the impact of Canadian talent on the arts, science, entertainment and technology industries on a national and international scale.

With 2017's Inductees, Canada's Walk of Fame will have honoured 173 remarkable Canadians who have a permanent place of tribute in the streets of Toronto's Entertainment District. For a complete list of Inductees, along with more information on Canada's Walk of Fame visit: www.canadaswalkoffame.com.
Devour! The Food Film Fest to Kick Off in Patriotic Fashion 
 Devour! The Food Film Fest is set to kick off in patriotic fashion tonight at the Opening Gala Evening featuring Canadian film icon Gordon Pinsent. The seventh edition of Devour! is themed “A Celebration of Canadian Cinema and Cuisine” and will bring acclaimed filmmakers and chefs from around the globe to the Town of Wolfville. Devour! organizers Michael Howell and Lia Rinaldo are looking forward to serving up a taste of what has made this event a must for foodies and film buffs alike.

“In this year of Canada's 150th birthday it's only apropos that an iconic Canadian actor opens our film Festival," says Michael Howell, Devour executive director. "It's a deep honour to have Gordon Pinsent join us here in Wolfville.”

Presented by Taste of Nova Scotia, twelve of Nova Scotia’s finest chefs have come together to create a sensory exploration celebrating our local cuisine. Participating Nova Scotia chefs and restaurants include: Renée Lavallée (The Canteen), Charlie Burtt (The Port Pub), Margie Lamb (Meadowbrook Meat Market), Stephanie Ogilvie (Brooklyn Warehouse), Ludovic Eveno (Agricola Street Brasserie), Jonathan Joseph (Argyler Lodge and Restaurant), Martin Ruíz Salvador (Fleur de Sel), Matthew Krizan (Mateus Bistro), Chris Bolt (The Press Gang Restaurant & Oyster Bar), Virginia Fynes (The Union Street), Ingrid Dunsworth (The Cake Lady) and Peter Welton (Chartwells at Acadia University). Guests on this special night will be treated to drinks from The Good Cheer Trail featuring: Domaine de Grand Pré, Planters Ridge Winery, Avondale Sky Winery, Benjamin Bridge, Sainte-Famille Wines, L’Acadie Vineyards, Barrelling Tide Distillery, Halifax Distilling Co., Tangled Garden, Boxing Rock Brewing Company, Bulwark Cider and JustUs Coffee.

"We are delighted with the ongoing support of Taste of Nova Scotia in hosting our Opening Night Gala reception," says Managing Director Lia Rinaldo. "We’re looking forward to celebrating and showcasing all of the great culinary and beverage talent we have here in this beautiful province."

The winner of the Nourish Nova Scotia Food & Film Challenge will also be awarded at tonight’s event. Youth of all ages were invited to make a three-minute film about food literacy. The winner will receive a $500 prize from Nourish Nova Scotia to support a healthy eating program or initiative in their school/community, plus a brand-new CBC Prize, a $500 GoPro kit.

Following the reception, as part of Devour! tradition, guests are invited to enjoy a special screening of The Hundred Foot Journey as the Opening Gala Film. Selected by Gordon Pinsent as his favourite food film-of all time, Pinsent will introduce the film to the audience. Following the screening, Pinsent will join the evening’s host, Food Network star Bob Blumer, for a post-screening interview and audience Q&A session.

Tickets to the seventh edition of Devour! The Food Film Fest are on sale now at devourfest.com and by phone through Ticketpro at 1-888-311-9090. For full details on our schedule of delectable events visit devourfest.com.
Pablo Escobar's biological brother, Roberto De Jesus Escobar Gaviria, wants Netflix to make changes to their security protocol of the production of their "Narcos" TV show. "People are dying. It's clearly not safe to film shows about drug lords," says Olof K. Gustafsson, Chief Executive Officer of Escobar Inc.

Prior to Roberto Escobar being the lead accountant for the Medellín cartel he was at one point the chief of the hitmen. In 1993 Roberto was arrested and imprisoned, at which point he received a letter bomb that made him half-blind and half-deaf. Since his release from prison, he has authored several articles, books, patents and is a co-founder of Escobar Inc. "I have survived many assassination attempts and kidnappings. I am very experienced in survival and security protocols," says Roberto De Jesus Escobar Gaviria, Chief Brand Officer of Escobar Inc.

Carlos Muñoz Portal, an individual working as a location scout for Netflix suffered an untimely passing last week in the Hidalgo area of Mexico. "Our hearts go out to the family of Carlos. Even though we did not know him personally, we will include him in our prayers," says Daniel D. Reitberg, Chief Operating Officer of Escobar Inc.

"We tried to contact Netflix after the news of Carlos Muñoz Portal passing last week to speak about their security issues with no response," says Escobar Inc Chief Executive Officer Olof K. Gustafsson. "I think it is important that they take care of this soon."
Pablo Escobar's Brother Calls on Netflix "Narcos" Show to Improve Security Protocol to Avoid Any New Deaths 
Pablo Escobar's brother wants to make sure that security is appropriate to avoid any unnecessary deaths after the news of Carlos Muñoz Portal passing last week