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.


Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. REUTERS

Commons fracas reveals MPs out of touch

What a pushy week we had. It started with the Toronto Blue Jays and the Texas Rangers brawling and Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor punching Jays fielder Jose Bautista in the face.

A promo for a web series about the high-flying Vancouver real estate market. SCREENGRAB

A show to break your laptop over

Do you have a chronic toothache? Suffering from persistent arthritic pain, an infected hangnail, or pink eye? I have just the remedy. It’s the upcoming web-based series Vancouver Million Dollar Agent, aka Gold Broker. It won’t cure your afflictions but you’ll probably forget about them for awhile.

A Canadian Joint Operations Command aerial photo shows wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alberta. REUTERS

Wildfire underlines fragile human structures

Armageddon — it’s not something you see every day. But Fort McMurray got one — an apocalyptic firestorm that incinerated large sections of the city and clogged the highways with frightened residents leaving their settled and comfortable lives behind.

Yep, another day in paradise. FILE PHOTO, 24 HOURS

Fall in love with Stanley Park all over again

Poor Vancouver has been taking a kicking of late. There’s is justifiable groaning about the cost of housing. That large, blue, local tabloid recently printed an essay from a young woman who said she is leaving town for the boonies and good riddance.

A model displays a new Lamborghini concept car. REUTERS

Time to stop tiptoeing around affordability crisis

The New York Times ran a story last week titled Chinese Scions’ Song: My Daddy’s Rich and My Lamborghini’s Good-Looking, all about super-rich Chinese kids in the faraway city of Vancouver, British Columbia.


Railway loss another blow to bands

My niece Emily Burgess is a remarkably talented guitarist. (And it isn’t just me or her dad who say so.) You really ought to hear her. These days, she plays with The Weber Brothers, but last time she was in Vancouver she was still with her old band the 24th Street Wailers.

Paul McCartney performs near Paris, France. REUTERS

Boomer generation losing their rock gods

Paul McCartney is coming to Rogers Arena April 19-20. Not to be morbid — Sir Paul appears to be in excellent health — but there may be an added urgency to the rush for tickets this time around. The world of rock music is feeling its mortality this year. Musical legends who inspired a generation are dropping fast.

Canucks GM Jim Benning has fans in a tough spot. FILE PHOTO, 24 HOURS

Canucks should partner with Airbnb

They say there’s no cheap real estate remaining in Vancouver. Not true. Just buy a seat at a Canucks game. These days, Rogers Arena offers the most reasonable accommodations in town. There have been reports of tickets selling as low as $13.

National Chili Day is just one of many February events. POSTMEDIA NETWORK

Chili Day spices up February events

February is a blah month, according to some — some fools. In fact, this month is an endless calendar parade of fun and festivity. Consider: Thursday is National Chili Day.

Jian Ghomeshi leaves court with his lawyer Marie Heinen. FILE PHOTO, POSTMEDIA

Outrage against Ghomeshi lawyer misplaced

The Jian Ghomeshi trial is now awaiting the judge’s decision. It’s often said there are no winners in a sexual assault trial, but this one may be different. Whatever the judge decides, the trial has been a showcase for Toronto defence attorney Marie Henein.

Year of the Monkey celebration in Thailand. REUTERS

2016 looks to be full of monkey business

Happy Chinese New Year! On Monday we officially entered the Year of the Monkey. It’s an upgrade from 2015, which was either the Year of the Goat or Year of the Sheep depending on who you asked. So, blindly following or getting blamed for stuff — take your pick.


Vancouver is more San Fran than San Fran

Oh boy! Vancouver got mentioned in another global study! We love that. It makes us feel important, like when we see downtown pretending to be Washington in The X-Files.

A Uber representative registers people on a smartphone. REUTERS

Uber support surges with the BC Liberals

The BC Liberals have recently been asking questions on Twitter. The tweet reads: “We’re asking British Columbians — is it time to welcome Uber, Lyft, Air B&B and the rest of the sharing economy?”

Syrian refugee children. REUTERS

Attack no reason to debate refugees

In the Gilbert & Sullivan musical The Mikado, the title character sings a catchy song about being a good judge. His secret: “To make the punishment fit the crime.”


C'mon Vancouver, let's get nuts!

I recently had the opportunity to visit a mansion in Montreal’s Mount Royal district. Built by a wealthy senator in the 1920s, it is a magnificent two-storey stone structure with stained glass windows, servant’s quarters, and bathrooms bigger than my West End kitchen.