Steve Burgess

Steve Burgess is an accomplished freelance writer who lives in Vancouver. He is a two-time winner of Canadian National Magazine Awards and his book Who Killed Mom? made the 'Best of 2011' lists of both the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail newspapers.


Trump International Hotel and Tower in Vancouver. (Courtesy, Trump International Hotel and Tower)

The Trump Tower Curse

Halloween is approaching. It's the season of scary stories about haunted locations, and Vancouver has its share. Gather 'round kids and listen to a spooky tale: The Curse of 1133 West Georgia.

A woman browses the site of US home sharing giant Airbnb on a tablet in Berlin on April 28, 2016. (JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

The problem with Airbnb's advertising

At this point we all think we understand advertising. You turn on the TV and there's an ad for a truck. They want you to buy the truck. They display the happy, active, popular, good- looking person you will be once the truck is yours. That is the advertising we all know and understand.


Watching Prince William age feels poignant

How things change. When Prince William visited these parts in 1998, he arrived as the hottest thing on wheels — a bashful teen idol drawing shrieks from the girls in the waiting crowds. The young royal had, as is customary for 15-year-old lads, quite a lot of hair.

A woman cycles past a row of Velib rental bicycles. Getty Images

Paris bike share reveals glaring Mobi flaws

I’ll bet when Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson closes his eyes at night, he drifts off into happy dreams of Paris. Not the food, the wine, or the cuisine, lovely as those can be. He must surely dream about the bikes. Paris’ Velib bike-sharing program is almost everything Vancouver’s new Mobi system hopes to be.


Swans gone - time to move beavers

Like countless tourists, I have taken dozens of pictures of swans on Lost Lagoon in Vancouver’s Stanley Park over the years.


Enough with bogus surveys on ‘livable cities’

Drop the balloons, sound the trumpets. Once again, Vancouver has been anointed by the Economist magazine as one of the world’s most livable cities. We made No. 3 behind Melbourne and Vienna. No. 4 and No. 5 incidentally were Toronto and Calgary. I am guessing Vienna squeezed past Calgary based on the availability of schnitzels.

Sabre competition at the Rio Olympics. GETTY IMAGES

Olympics shows people like a good fight

I was recently watching the Olympics — fencing. Specifically, it was sabre. There are three kinds of Olympic fencing — epee, foil, and sabre — as I’m sure you know. Everybody knows that.

The mascots for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Vinicius (yellow) and the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Tom (blue). Getty Images

Rio Olympics problems no fun and games

The Rio Olympics are almost upon us. But trouble is bobbing to the surface. For one thing, a body was recently found floating in the bay near the sailing venue. Aside from the general horror of that fact, imagine if one were to float across the finish line in the top three.

Safety warnings for Pokemon Go players. GETTY IMAGES

Spare your outrage for things that matter

What a July. For the past couple of weeks, the phrase “breaking news” has made many of us flinch like whipped dogs. Shocks and horrors have piled up so fast that by Friday you can barely remember Tuesday’s outrage. And that was before the Republicans officially nominated Donald Trump.

Niagara's Polka King Walter Ostanek. POSTMEDIA NETWORK

Polka King makes case we should rig lotteries

Kids: The next time your parents say you can’t become a millionaire while playing polkas on the accordion, you just set them straight. Because Walter Ostanek just did.

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Life empty when Game of Thrones ends

The Game of Thrones season has ended. It’s more like the English Premier League season than the NHL, in the sense that there are no playoffs.


Vancouver must put leash on Airbnb

Remember the pot-bellied pig craze? Back in the ‘90s, a lot of people started keeping them as pets — adorable little miniature pigs. Designer pigs, really.


The real Gordie Howe hat trick

When I was just a toddler, our family moved to Regina. It was 1960. The kid who lived across the street would eventually become my brother’s best friend. But the first time the two boys met, they got into a fight. “Hi,” the neighbour boy introduced himself. “I’m Rick Howe.”

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. FILE PHOTO, 24 hours

Mayor’s dumb promise years in the making

How did Bill Clinton become president of the United States? The 1992 election may have been decided four years earlier in 1988, when George Herbert Walker Bush was elected president. Among Bush’s most popular campaign lines: “Read my lips — no new taxes.”