In Hard Knox, seasoned columnist and consummate everyman Jack Knox offers up his uniquely hilarious views on Canadian life as seen from the western fringes of the country—in particular from the “Island of Misfit Toys” as he aptly calls his Vancouver Island home. This treasure trove of west-coast wit and wisdom touches on everything from “smug anti-Americanism” to extreme weather to flagrant public displays of affection in Canada’s westernmost capital. Whether you’re a born-and-bred Islander, a transplanted Albertan in the throes of culture shock, or a confused tourist, we all have something to learn from the school of Hard Knox.
Jack Knox began his long stint the Times Colonist in 1988, after working at newspapers in Campbell River, Regina, and Kamloops. At the TC, he filled many roles, including copy editor, city editor, editorial writer, and editorial page editor, before becoming a full-time columnist in 2000. Career highlights include being blasted with blowhole spray by Luna the orca whale, interviewing a nude porn star, and getting a phone call from Barack Obama four days before 2008 presidential election. In his spare time he performs in a rock ’n' roll band with members of his Tour de Rock cycling team.