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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BC Liberal party leader Christy Clark arrives at the Liberal HQ to speak to supporters after the Provincial election, Vancouver, May 10 2017. Gerry Kahrmann / PNG staff photo)

A neck-and-neck election

Remember the Simpsons episode when the family gets a swimming pool and Lisa suddenly discovers she has become very, very popular? Tuesday night, Green Party leader Andrew Weaver magically acquired a swimming pool.

B.C. Liberal leader Christy Clark smiles during a media availability as she tours D-Wave Systems in Burnaby, B.C., Friday, April 28, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

Race is tight for B.C. election

We’re lucky in B.C. Think of the Americans, poor dogs—they have presidential elections that go on for well over a year. By comparison our election is a sprint. There’s been barely enough mud slinging to make a pig feel at home, and it’s almost over already. But this should be a big week—the race is tight. Can Premier Christy Clark’s Liberals pull o

A bag full of marijuana joints for sale during the annual 4/20 pro-marijuana rally at the Vancouver Art Gallery in Vancouver on April 20, 2014. (Carmine Marinelli/Vancouver 24hours file photo)

Is 4/20 still necessary?

The Trudeau government has announced plans to legalize marijuana next year. At last, the long battle has been won. I guess there's no more need for the big 4/20 protest rally Thursday at English Bay. They can cancel it now. Right?

Stanley Park and the North Shore mountains. (Postmedia Network/Files)

Mountain disaster

Riding through Stanley Park on Sunday I looked up to see the North Shore mountains, their white snow shining through a break in the clouds on what passes for a sunny day in spring 2017.

Taxis on the streets in downtown Vancouver, March 7 2017. (Gerry Kahrmann/Postmedia Network)

Taking an Uber ride is a gamble

Gambling — popular, but also destructive. You're playing with fire when you enter a casino. As for economic benefits, the gambling industry doesn't really create wealth so much as redistribute it, although it's possible that it might offer benefits for local tourism. It reminds me of Uber.

Queen of Burnaby. (Screengrab)

Queen of Burnaby up for bids

Hope you enjoyed your Valentine's Day. Maybe your special somebody bought you flowers, or chocolates, or a 130-metre long car ferry. No? Perhaps your significant other is not shopping in the right places.

You could soon be having a drink while getting your hair cut in B.C. (Postmedia Network/Files)

A shot and a perm

A new provincial law has made it legal for barbers and hair salons to serve drinks. Liquor and scissors — what could go wrong?