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Jack Knox

Jack Knox

Jack Knox is an award-losing columnist with the Victoria Times Colonist. Since joining the Times Colonist in 1988, Jack has worked as a copy editor, city editor, editorial writer and editorial page editor. Prior to that he was an editor and reporter at newspapers in Campbell River, Regina and Kamloops.

As a journalist he has debated policy with prime ministers and premiers, and has interviewed a murderer in his cell. He liked the murderer. Career highlights include being blasted with blowhole spray by Luna the whale (it tasted like fish), interviewing a porn movie star in the nude (her, not him) and getting a phone call from Barack Obama four days before he (Obama, not Jack) was elected president.

He is the author of three books, two of which were nominated for the Leacock Medal for Humour.

Email
jknox@timescolonist.com

Recent Work by Jack

Jack Knox: At the end of the day, local journalism matters

Jack Knox: At the end of the day, local journalism matters

There’s no substitute for real reporters doing real legwork, producing pieces that don’t get published without passing the scrutiny of a real editor.
Jack Knox: Seeking absolution on Email Debt Forgiveness Day

Jack Knox: Seeking absolution on Email Debt Forgiveness Day

Feeling of failure comes with trying to keep up with a never-ending conveyor belt that spits out emails, texts and voice messages faster than you can read them
The struggle to keep Canada's oldest Chinese temple open

The struggle to keep Canada's oldest Chinese temple open

The Yen Wo Society, which owns the narrow, four-storey building topped by the temple, is keen for more Victorians to take a look. Members of the group, struggling with their role as guardians of the Tam Kung Temple, want more people to take an interest in a heritage structure that needs about $600,000 worth of repairs.
'Handshakes and hugs, not handcuffs': Cop-nurse team tackles mental-health calls

'Handshakes and hugs, not handcuffs': Cop-nurse team tackles mental-health calls

Const. Tristan Williams and nurse Chris Nagainis belong to the Co-Response Team, a brand new VicPD/Island Health unit tasked with handling police calls with a mental-health component.
Jack Knox: To get blood boiling, just ask about public art

Jack Knox: To get blood boiling, just ask about public art

“Public art is a wonderful thing when done well and an embarrassment when it is not.” But who gets to decide which is which?
Jack Knox: Inflation eats way into provincial budget

Jack Knox: Inflation eats way into provincial budget

The B.C. government is spending more money on your behalf
Jack Knox: Catching up to correspondence on a cold weekend

Jack Knox: Catching up to correspondence on a cold weekend

And, could Jack Knox be replaced by the ChatGPT bot?
Jack Knox: A year later, Island offers Ukrainians a candle in the dark

Jack Knox: A year later, Island offers Ukrainians a candle in the dark

Close to a thousand displaced Ukrainians have found safety on Vancouver Island since the Feb. 24, 2022, Russian invasion. More are coming.
Jack Knox: Border bother maroons water taxi

Jack Knox: Border bother maroons water taxi

The owner of a cross-border water taxi service has been told that under Canadian rules, his boat must come and go from a ferry terminal — not exactly an ideal fit for a 23-foot vessel on no fixed schedule.
Jack Knox: Should we change the name of British Columbia?

Jack Knox: Should we change the name of British Columbia?

The ties between B.C. and Blighty aren’t what they were.
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