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.

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We need to make sure 2016 leaves!

This year people have an extra motivation to stay up for New Year's Eve — we have to make sure 2016 actually leaves.

B.C. Premier Christy Clark arrives onboard a skytrain at the Coquitlam Central Station on the Evergreen Line for the opening ceremony of the Evergreen Line in Coquitlam, BC, December, 2, 2016. (Richard Lam/PNG)

Evergreen Line finally opens

Gather 'round the campfire youngsters, and I'll tell you a tale. It was a different century. Strange creatures, forgotten by time, still roamed the land—Glen Clark and Mark Messier, to name two. There were even a few pay phones on street corners. Yes my children, it was long ago when the inhabitants of the Lower Mainland first heard whispers of the

In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, Christina Aguilera performs 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' during the taping of the 2011 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa on November 06, 2011 in Anaheim, California. The performance airs on Christmas Day.(Photo by Paul Hiffmeyer/Disney Parks via Getty Images)

Do you hear what I hear? Christmas music season is here

The other day I was shopping for produce in the West End (I have a feeling those strawberries may not be local) and enjoying the unusually festive look of the snowy Vancouver streetscape. Stepping inside the store I heard Christmas music playing on the radio. It was Christina Aguilera singing The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire).

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How to fix Vancouver parking rates

The old bumper sticker says: “If you can read this, you're driving too close.” The City of Vancouver says: “If you can find a parking space, we're not charging enough.”

Abbotsford Senior Secondary school stabbing victim Letisha Reimer in shown in a photo from the Facebook page "In Loving memory of Letisha Reimer." (Facebook photo)

Searching for meaning in senseless news events

“Everything happens for a reason,” people say. I have always hated that saying. Things happen, and people try to find meaning retroactively. The search for meaning can drive you insane.

Justin Trudeau smiles at the end of a press conference in Ottawa in this October 20, 2015 file photo after winning the general elections. (AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM/Getty Images)

Throwing pumpkin seeds at PM doesn't make sense

What makes for an effective protest? It ought to make people talk about the issue you are concerned about. Good: public discussions of LNG or BLM. Not so good: public discussions of WTF?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.