This photo shows a suspect being allowed to smoke after being arrested by Vancouver Police. STEVE BURGESS PHOTO

The art of the VPD takedown

“I’m like Jesus Christ,” the man said. “I teach people how to treat each other good. If they saw the stuff I do they’d want me out of jail right away.

REUTERS FILE PHOTO From left are New Democratic Party Leader Thomas Mulcair, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

Stephen Harper calls Oct. 19 election

Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Sunday called a parliamentary election for Oct. 19, kicking off a marathon 11-week campaign likely to focus on a stubbornly sluggish economy and his decade in power.