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Bridging science and law across jurisdictions in Canadian species at risk policy : four case studies

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posted on 2021-05-23, 10:46 authored by Maria-Lena Di Giuseppe
1.0 Introduction -- 2.0 Methods -- 3.0 Federal Legal Measures for Species at Risk in Canada -- 4.0 Provincial Legal Measures for Species at Risk in Ontario -- 5.0 Ontario Species at Risk: Two Case Studies -- 6.0 Provincial Legal Measures for Species at Risk in British Columbia -- 7.0 British Columbia Species at Risk: Two Case Studies -- 8.0 Policy Recommendations -- 9.0 Conclusions and Applications for Future Research. The purpose of this thesis is to evaluate the effectiveness of current legal measures for protecting species at risk in Canada through an interpretive qualitative method. Four species case studies were analyzed: The Eastern Loggerhead Shrike, Jefferson Salamander, Northern Spotted Owl, and Vancouver Island Marmot. Policy recommendations for reforms arising from the research are: i) inter-jurisdictional cooperation is imperative for protecting species at risk; ii) dedicated species at risk legislation is crucial, and it is recommended that such legislation exist at both federal and provincial levels; iii) flexibility instruments and exemptions to existing law should be scientifically informed and used cautiously; iv) private landowners are significant stakeholders and stewardship efforts are important; v) scientific information and the definition of critical habitat for species at risk are crucial. The thesis concludes that a science-based precautionary approach to species protection is fundamental to address the plight of species at risk in Canada.





Master of Applied Science


Environmental Applied Science and Management

Granting Institution

Ryerson University

LAC Thesis Type


Thesis Advisor

Alex Wellington