About Don Shafer

I'm a broadcaster, community activist and pretty average guitar player. I studied English & Psychology at the University of Texas and Communications & Journalism at the University of Southern California. I'm currently completing my MA at Simon Fraser University. I work with many for profit as well as not for profits and I am on a number of boards and committees including Variety the Children's Charity, PFLAG Vancouver, The British Columbia Institute of Technology and the Deans Advisory Board at the University of British Columbia. I volunteer with the Climate Reality Project and other environmental groups. My academic interests include depth psychology, promoting environmental justice, peace building and ecological sustainability. I am actively interested in the relationship between media, art and culture and our interconnectedness with each other and the world we share.

Andrew Gregg (Nov 18, 2017)


Director, Writer and Producer of Secrets From the Ice, a documentary that airs this weekend, tells us about what got him into film-making and enticed him about this project which offers a look at some never seen artifacts that recently ‘released themselves’ from the melting ice in the Yukon.

Michael Challenger (Nov 12, 2017)


Michael Challenger, Best Selling author, award-winning producer and director joins Don to discuss understanding how working with our fears can open up many more doors in our lives so we can live more truthfully with ourselves. His new book Don’t Let Fear Paralyze You; A Guide To Your Own Personal Freedom was launched this past October with his first book singing in Quebec on Nov. 11th.

John Englander (November 8, 2017)


Join us as we jump into the topic of our sea levels rising and how our city here in Vancouver is doing to get prepared with our guests John Englander, author of High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and The Coming Coastal Crisis as well as Brad Badelt, Assistant Director, The City of Vancouver’s Sustainability Group.

Impact with The David Suzuki Foundation – Brett Dolter, Jerome Laviolette, Melina Luboucan-Massimo and Harpreet Johal (October 1, 2017)

The first recipients of the newly created David Suzuki Foundation Fellowship feature conversations with Brett Dolter, Jerome Laviolette, and Melina Laboucan-Massimo. We are also joined by Harpreet Johal the DSF Senior Fellowship Specialist who shares more information about this program. I am looking forward to a fun and engaging conversation as we learn what this opportunity means as they dig into their individual interests around finance, transportation, and sustainability. I hope you can join us!

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When looking at what’s going on in the world around us I often wonder if we are we more connected than ever and saying less in a digital age? The sounds of people screaming resonate in my dreams as I hear machine gun fire or the sounds of buildings collapsing from natures response to human activity. I wonder if a large-scale crisis whether from terrorism, a financial crash, or a catastrophic climate-related event could provide the pretext to declare a state of emergency where the usual rules no longer apply as Naomi Klein suggests. What happens if communication, media and our art, as well as some communities, are forced underground? Has the message been lost because we are too busy, or to the fear of capitalism and tyrants who routinely reduce funding, destroy art, censor, burn books, harass painters, journalists, professors, playwrights and authors? Could it happen here? Are we systematically suffocating these voices in a world distracted by capitalism, climate change, racism and socioeconomic struggle?

There have been significant benchmarks over time that question our humanity and offer a glimpse of our future. As the world seems to be racing out of control, the list of what’s wrong seems to be growing longer. I’m curious when we might give equal consideration to humans, animals and “other,” before more species slide into extinction, more forests and wetlands are obliterated, and more lives are destroyed by hunger, war, and climate change. With a growing homeless population in Vancouver, a city filled with smoke, and catastrophic hurricanes and earthquakes only hours away, our world, and our city have changed. If Sally Armstrong is right… “that there is no such thing as an innocent bystander,” what then is my role, and what is yours?

David Suzuki (October 1, 2017)


The first recipients of the newly created David Suzuki Foundation Fellowship features conversations with Brett Dolter, Jerome Laviolette and Melina Laboucan-Massimo. We are also joined by Harpreet Johal the DSF Senior Fellowship Specialist who shares more information about this program. This is an engaging conversation as we learn what this opportunity means to each fellow as they dig into their individual interests around finance, transportation and sustainability.

Sara Harris (September 30, 2017)


Sara Harris is a Professor at UBC. Her fields of interest include the art of teaching, climate science, climate change, oceanography, environmental science, paleoceanography, paleoclimate and science education. We discuss climate change, her book, Understanding Climate Change, as well as climate change education and a course that all of us can take.

Chief Robert Joseph and David Patterson (September 23, 2017)


Chief Robert Joseph, Hereditary Chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation and David Patterson a Vancouver lawyer practicing in the field of Aboriginal rights discuss the Walk for Reconciliation and what reconciliation can meet to our community, Canada and the World.