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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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.

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Enough with bogus surveys on ‘livable cities’

Drop the balloons, sound the trumpets. Once again, Vancouver has been anointed by the Economist magazine as one of the world’s most livable cities. We made No. 3 behind Melbourne and Vienna. No. 4 and No. 5 incidentally were Toronto and Calgary. I am guessing Vienna squeezed past Calgary based on the availability of schnitzels.

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Olympics shows people like a good fight

I was recently watching the Olympics — fencing. Specifically, it was sabre. There are three kinds of Olympic fencing — epee, foil, and sabre — as I’m sure you know. Everybody knows that.

The mascots for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Vinicius (yellow) and the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Tom (blue). Getty Images

Rio Olympics problems no fun and games

The Rio Olympics are almost upon us. But trouble is bobbing to the surface. For one thing, a body was recently found floating in the bay near the sailing venue. Aside from the general horror of that fact, imagine if one were to float across the finish line in the top three.

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Spare your outrage for things that matter

What a July. For the past couple of weeks, the phrase “breaking news” has made many of us flinch like whipped dogs. Shocks and horrors have piled up so fast that by Friday you can barely remember Tuesday’s outrage. And that was before the Republicans officially nominated Donald Trump.

Niagara's Polka King Walter Ostanek. POSTMEDIA NETWORK

Polka King makes case we should rig lotteries

Kids: The next time your parents say you can’t become a millionaire while playing polkas on the accordion, you just set them straight. Because Walter Ostanek just did.

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Life empty when Game of Thrones ends

The Game of Thrones season has ended. It’s more like the English Premier League season than the NHL, in the sense that there are no playoffs.

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Vancouver must put leash on Airbnb

Remember the pot-bellied pig craze? Back in the ‘90s, a lot of people started keeping them as pets — adorable little miniature pigs. Designer pigs, really.

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The real Gordie Howe hat trick

When I was just a toddler, our family moved to Regina. It was 1960. The kid who lived across the street would eventually become my brother’s best friend. But the first time the two boys met, they got into a fight. “Hi,” the neighbour boy introduced himself. “I’m Rick Howe.”

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Mayor’s dumb promise years in the making

How did Bill Clinton become president of the United States? The 1992 election may have been decided four years earlier in 1988, when George Herbert Walker Bush was elected president. Among Bush’s most popular campaign lines: “Read my lips — no new taxes.”

B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver. SUBMITTED

Green Party goes for the real green

For political parties, raising money is always a priority. There are different ways to do it. We’re familiar with the BC Liberal Party approach — $10,000-a- plate dinners with Premier Christy Clark, exclusive access to our provincial leader for the well-heeled.

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.

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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.

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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.