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.
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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Drinking and driving is a terrible thing. You should never do it.
It is with regret the I announce the cancellation of the annual Weather Gloat column.
You've got to give the Canucks credit. Not many teams having such a mediocre season succeed in going viral. But the team went old school with some actual retroviral infection this week, losing a whack of players to the mumps.
Marketing can be a tough business. Imagine you were in charge of marketing a new hotel/condo tower opening in Vancouver.
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.
Canadians like to say that we on the West Coast do not respond well to snow.
This weekend, Muslim travellers were being detained at American airports.
A new provincial law has made it legal for barbers and hair salons to serve drinks. Liquor and scissors — what could go wrong?
Some claim the third week of January is the most depressing time of the year. That's why we all owe a big thank you to Donald J. Trump.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be confusing.
The NFL playoffs are coming up if you like that sort of thing. But, more importantly, this week marked the beginning of the dating playoffs, aka The Bachelor.
This year people have an extra motivation to stay up for New Year's Eve — we have to make sure 2016 actually leaves.
Christmas 2016 is looking cold and white across Canada.
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
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).
A new face will appear on Canadian money in 2018.
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.”
“Trump! Trump! Trump!”
“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.