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Environmental laws in Canada fall short of addressing the ongoing biodiversity crisis

By Justina C. Ray, Adjunct professor, Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Toronto
Andrea Olive, Associate Professor of Political Science and Geography, University of Toronto
Jaime Grimm, PhD Student, Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Toronto
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Caribou, whooping crane, Gibson’s big sand tiger beetle and dwarf western trillium are among the estimated 80,000 known species (not including viruses and bacteria) in Canada. Of these, scientists have enough information on almost 30,000 species to know that about 20 per cent are imperilled to some degree.

When Canada developed its first national Biodiversity…

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