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.


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?

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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.