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Jason Priestley to host Canada’s Walk of Fame


From a media release:

Shaw Media and Canada’s Walk of Fame are proud to welcome Jason Priestley as Host of the 2014 Canada’s Walk of Fame Tribute Show, as announced exclusively by ET Canada. The beloved Actor and Director will emcee the star-studded, two-hour event airing on Friday, December 19 at 8 pm ET/PT on Global. Canada’s Walk of Fame Tribute Show celebrates top-notch Canadians who have made a substantial contribution to Canadian culture, treats viewers to show-stopping performances, and showcases the incredible talent this country has to offer. Presenters and performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

“Jason is an exceptional talent and a very proud Canadian. We couldn’t be more excited to have him at the helm of this year’s Canada’s Walk of Fame Tribute Show,” said Barbara Williams, Executive VP, Broadcasting and President, Shaw Media. “His charisma and charm are the perfect complement to a broadcast that’s all about celebrating the accomplishments of these outstanding Canadians.”

Actor, Director, Producer and Author, Priestley has enjoyed a robust and diverse career in entertainment. Best known for playing the charming Brandon Walsh on Beverly Hills 90210, Priestley is a seasoned actor and has received multiple awards including a Canadian Screen Award for “Best Comedy Actor” in 2014 for his role on Call Me Fitz. His talent on screen translated to a passion behind the camera, spending a significant portion of his career directing numerous episodes of successful programs such as Rookie Blue, Saving Hope and Haven. He recently completed filming Zoom starring alongside Gael Garcia Bernal in Toronto. Priestley is a native of Vancouver, British Columbia.

“I’m honoured to be hosting this year’s Canada’s Walk of Fame Tribute Show and excited to pay tribute to these exceptional inductees,” said Priestley. “We have a lot to celebrate in this country, and a great show in store for Canadians – with a few tricks up our sleeves.”

The following remarkable individuals will join Canada’s Walk of Fame’s long list of celebrated Canadians, bringing the total number of inductees to 157: Louise Arbour, Former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and International Lawyer; The Band, Musicians; Jeff Healey, Musician; Rachel McAdams, Actor; Ryan Reynolds, Actor and Hayley Wickenheiser, Athlete.

In addition, the show honours The Weeknd, the recipient of the Allan Slaight Award. The 2014 Canada’s Walk of Fame Tribute Show is held at Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Saturday, October 18th.


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W5 returns Saturday

From a media release:

W5 Launches 49th Season with Alarming Canada-Wide Inpatient Suicide Investigation, This Saturday on CTV

  • Award-winning investigative series returns after closing out banner 2013-2014 season as the most-watched non-sports program in primetime Saturday nights
  • Kevin Newman’s revealing inquiry uncovers troubling evidence of the failure by Canadian hospitals to protect suicidal patients
  • Also this week, Tom Kennedy tracks the rapidly spreading and deadly Ebola outbreak in Africa

W5, Canada’s #1 investigative documentary series, returns for its 49th season with a hard-hitting investigation into a sad and frightening national secret – the alarming rate of hospital patient suicides. Premiering this Saturday, October 4 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV GO, and also available on-demand on CTV News GO, W5 Co-Host and Correspondent Kevin Newman delivers “SUICIDE WATCH”, the first national investigation into mistakes largely hidden from the public, uncovering statistics kept secret by hospitals and government, until now. W5 spent months collecting statistics from every province, using dozens of freedom of information requests to identify the number of suicidal patients who took their own lives during the past 10 years while in care at a Canadian hospital.

Just how tragic these cases can be, is demonstrated through the stories of two families who cooperated with W5 to reveal how hospital failures allowed their loved ones to take their own lives in the very place they were believed to be safe. In Mission, B.C., Newman meets with the family of Ross Allan, still devastated that the 22-year-old was able to take his own life while under 24-hour observation by hospital staff. In Brampton, Ont., the Tiwari family has been demanding answers after 20-year-old Prashant Tiwari took his own life while in a special ward for suicidal patients. While the grieving parents search for answers, they were stonewalled by hospital bureaucracies conducting secret internal investigations.

W5 obtained security footage showing Allan roaming the hospital hallways unsupervised, finding an electrical cord that he would later use to take his own life. His death was not an isolated incident, as W5 reveals six cases of inpatient suicides in Fraser Health facilities during the past 10 years; three of them following Ross’ death. Through freedom of information, W5 fought for the release of statistics from every province to identify the staggering number of suicidal patients who took their own lives during the past decade while in care at a Canadian hospital.

W5 Correspondent Tom Kennedy reports the second story in the premiere episode, “THE EBOLA PLAGUE.” Kennedy tracks the rapidly spreading and deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, which has now infected thousands in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria, with an estimated 50% death rate. With governments and health agencies desperately seeking to stop the epidemic, W5 looks at the work being done by Canadians to fight the disease and investigates what would happen if the Ebola outbreak spreads to Canada.

This season follows a landmark year for W5, which saw the program perform as Canada’s most-watched non-sports program on Saturday nights. The 48th season reached 2.31 million unique viewers in Canada per episode.** Earlier this year W5 was awarded the prestigious Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism and Best News Information Segment during the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards. This achievement marked the first time the Gordon Sinclair Award was given to a program which traditionally honours the work of individuals.

One person is one step closer to being Canada’s Smartest

From a media release:


  • Next week’s PARTICIPANTS REVEALED alongside Canadian rock star Raine Maida from Our Lady Peace who makes a special guest appearance
  • Test your intelligence with CBC’s Canada’s Smartest Person app, available for iOS and Android devices or online at
  • @CanadasSmartest #SmartestPerson

CBC’s new ground-breaking competition series CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON has crowned its first finalist of the season – Albert Tam from Woodbridge, ON (@albeequirky) Tam is a 25-year-old strategic initiatives coordinator at Canada’s National Ballet School and current MBA candidate at Wilfrid Laurier University. Tam is the first CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON competitor to move into the final round.

Tune in next Sunday, October 5 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) for more exciting action as a cheese salesman, a novelist, a stay-at-home mom and a firefighter compete in six new revealing intelligence challenges that go beyond the traditional IQ test or trivia challenge. Plus, catch a special guest appearance by Canadian rock star Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace).

Meet next week’s participants:

  • JP Doiron, a 30-year-old cheese salesman from North Rustico, PEI
  • Alisia Bonnick, a 20-year-old novelist and psychology student from Stouville, ON
  • Rhiannon Jones, a 30-year-old stay-at-home mom from Chilliwack, BC
  • Chris Tessaro, a 51-year-old firefighter from Mississauga, ON

Each week, hosts Jessi Cruickshank (@jessi) and Jeff Douglas (@IAmJeffDouglas) guide viewers through the hour-long competition series, as four new hopefuls battle it out in front of a live studio audience. Each participant must demonstrate their competency in the categories of linguistic, physical, musical, visual, social and logical intelligence in order the claim the title of CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON.

At the time of issuing, Canadians engaging with the CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON app live with the show revealed:

  • When it comes to the gender split it’s a close one Canada, with women averaging 60% and men close behind with 59% over all the challenges for the night
  • Looking at the age range of our players, adults came out on top with 62% of our at-home players being 18 years or older, but kids were a close second with 56% being under 18
  • As for where Canadian strengths lie, it seems that Canada is full of illogical musicians with the top intelligence being Musical at 64% and Logical at the bottom with 30%
  • Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, keep interacting live with the show as you can determine the final leader board standings while also potentially seeing your name on the broadcast as you show us how you are smart.

In between broadcast dates, Canadians can challenge their friends, family, co-workers and others to new challenges daily through the Canada’s Smartest Person App. Keep challenging yourself and watch as your intelligence profile changes.

Based on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON, produced by Media Headquarters, features unique intelligence tests that redefine what it means to be smart. Whether it’s using social smarts to detect if a person is telling the truth; musical smarts to play a one-of-a-kind instrument; or logical smarts to work your way through a maze of laser beams, the challenges are fun, mind-bending and ever-changing over all nine episodes.

About CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON digital companion app:
Download the CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON interactive app available now for iOS and Android devices or online at Tune in to the broadcast and play along in real time with each of the challenges. Compare personal results to the series’ competitors and other at-home players across the country. During the week, users can sharpen their skills with special bonus challenges. Share results on Facebook and Twitter @CanadasSmartest #SmartestPerson.