Canada briefs – August 20

Montreal’s mayor has chosen a veteran cop with more than a quarter-century of experience to be the city’s next police chief.

Veteran cop appointed chief

MONTREAL — Montreal’s mayor has chosen a veteran cop with more than a quarter-century of experience to be the city’s next police chief.

Marc Parent is a former drug investigator and tactical unit head who has been a deputy chief since 2003.

The 26-year veteran of the force was chosen from a list of five candidates — all members of the current police senior management.

Mayor Gerald Tremblay says his recommendation comes after meeting with the 46-year-old Parent and another candidate who made the short list.

Police chief Yvan Delorme resigned suddenly in May.

Parent’s appointment needs to be approved by city council and the Quebec government.


Senior was knifed

SHERBROOKE, Que. — Quebec provincial police say an 82-year-old woman whose body was found east of Montreal died of knife wounds.

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with kidnapping, forcible confinement, auto theft and receiving stolen goods.

The teenager appeared briefly in court today and will remain in detention until his next appearance on Monday.

Rejeanne Pelletier-Charette was reported missing last Friday and her body was found about two km from her home on Tuesday.

Police say autopsy results show she died of stab wounds.

Police have said there may be additional charges, including murder, after the evidence has been reviewed by the Crown.

Pelletier-Charette’s damaged car was found in a shopping mall parking lot on Monday — the same day the teen was charged.

The accused cannot be identified because he is a minor.


Deep fried butter at the Ex

TORONTO — Deep-fried butter and designer mac and cheese are some of the bizarre food choices offered at the Canadian National Exhibition this year.

David Bednar, the General Manager for the CNE, says there are more than 100 food vendors and at least 22 items that can be sold on a stick.

He says people are buzzing about a lot of the wacky food this year, including little balls of frozen butter that are deep fried and drizzled with sauce.

Bednar says the bite-size snack tastes similar to a doughnut, but sweeter.

Homemade macaroni and cheese prepared half a dozen ways and “cheeseburger in a bag” are also creative twists on old food favourites that will be sold at the Ex this summer.