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Jaela Bernstien

Journalist Portfolio

 
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Hello! 

I'm a bilingual (English/Français) journalist and visual storyteller based in Montreal, Quebec. 

I am a multimedia reporter — I research, write and produce stories for print/digital, radio and TV/video. I also sometimes shoot and edit my own content.  


I usually cover topics that focus on science, climate change and conservation. I love to tell the types of stories that make you feel. I've filed for CBC's The National, World Report, The Sunday Edition, The Doc Project, Maclean's and The Globe and Mail.

 
 

Recent Work

A selection of my latest stories

 
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A tiny fraction of the high seas are protected. Why a UN treaty is needed now more than ever

Aug 26, 2022

A Canadian mining company is eyeing the seafloor as a resource to harvest as climate change, fishing, shipping and resource extraction encroach on one of the last wild places on Earth. Why calls for a UN high seas treaty are more urgent than ever.

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Enduring the Heat

July 26, 2022

What’s it like to live with heat?
Meet Canadians enduring extreme heat in cities, and the changemakers pushing for solutions

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Frontburner Podcast: How to fix Urban Heat Islands

January 12, 2023

On the Frontburner daily news podcast, CBC reporter Jaela Bernstien breaks down what "urban heat islands" are, who is most vulnerable, and how to fight urban heat.

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Sweltering Cities

July 13, 2022

An online interactive story about why cities are one of the most dangerous places to be during a heat wave.

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Cooling Canopy

July 13, 2022

An online interactive story about how Canadian cities can save lives by improving access to shade.

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Canada's golden crop isn't built for heat. Canola breeders hope to fix that

Aug 20, 2022

Farmers are adapting practices to climate change, but say they need help from genetics

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What's a derecho and why is it so destructive? The science behind the powerful storm

May 25, 2022

When Canadian tornado expert David Sills studied the forecast on Saturday morning, he never expected the line of storms headed for Windsor, Ont., would soon strengthen into Canada's first derecho in decades, wreaking havoc across southern Ontario and Quebec.

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Innovative atlas puts Indigenous knowledge on the map — literally — to help tackle climate crisis

Mar 15, 2022

Hetxw'ms Gyetxw spent his childhood on Gitxsan territory in the Northwest Interior of British Columbia, and he's seen the dramatic ways climate change has altered the land where he grew up. He's used his first-hand experience to bridge the gap between Indigenous knowledge and Western science, and to help create a new interactive tool aimed at understanding and addressing climate change in Canada

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Humans are the main source of COVID-19. What happens now that we've spread it to animals?

Feb 10, 2022

If there's one thing social media loves, it's a Disney-like moment with a wild animal. But those seemingly innocent interactions between humans and wildlife could be costly during a pandemic.

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CBC NEWS: Quebec entrepreneur, 93, donates cherished island after protecting it from city sprawl

Dec 14, 2021

For most of his adult life, Thor Vikström has watched the seasons change and the birds come and go from the small Quebec island he's owned that sits opposite his riverside home in Laval, Que.


At 93, he says he's at peace knowing the land — nestled between Montreal and Laval — will remain protected long after he's gone now that he's donated it.

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CBC NEWS: Climate change means Arctic may no longer be a safe haven for nesting birds

Oct 29, 2021

Wildlife research scientist Paul Smith is a lot like the birds he studies: every spring, when the ice recedes, he migrates north to the Arctic. But while he's been able to adapt to the changing climate, the nesting birds have not been so lucky in the face of new threats.

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CBC NEWS: How space exploration is advancing remote medicine

Nov 24, 2021

As billionaires race to the stars, many have been quick to throw shade on the rich for spending money on joyrides to space instead of solving problems on Earth. But a Canadian astronaut is reminding people that space exploration has the power to contribute to life-changing advances on our planet.

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CBC NEWS: Hazara expats from Afghanistan grapple with their own trauma while helping others escape

Aug 22, 2021

Halima Bahman may be sitting in the safety of her home in the suburbs north of Toronto, but her mind is thousands of kilometres away in Afghanistan, where the Taliban's renewed grip on power makes her fear the worst for family and friends.

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CBC NEWS: Outspoken health experts say racist social media attacks have taken a toll

Jul 16, 2021

Plenty of Canadians have experienced firsthand how quickly disagreements over public health measures during the pandemic can turn ugly. But a daily flood of hateful attacks received by outspoken medical professionals — especially those who are people of colour — frequently cross the line from outrage to outright personal attacks, racism and even threats of violence.

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MACLEAN'S: When it's time to give back

June 22, 2021

After surviving European incursions, colonialism and a 500-km journey from its home, a 171-year-old beaded hood must wait a bit longer before it can go back to Eeyou Istchee, James Bay Cree territory in northern Quebec ...

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CBC NEWS: Canada's building codes don't focus on tornadoes — even though we see 2nd most in the world

Jul 22, 2021

The country, on average, records more tornadoes annually than any other in the world, except for the U.S., at about 60 per year — though meteorologists estimate there are more that go undetected. Yet the National Building Code of Canada puts little emphasis on requirements to protect against uplift — the types of winds created by tornadoes.

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CBC NEWS: How Canadians are making sure no one is left behind in the vaccine rollout

Jul 09, 2021

Despite Canada's success in getting vaccines into arms so far, there is mounting pressure to reach those left behind — the people who, either due to lack of access or lack of trust, have not yet received a dose of the vaccine.

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DOCUMENTARY: What it's like living in Montreal's tent city

Dec 4, 2020

The story of Michel Groulx, one of the people camping in a makeshift tent city that sprang up in Montreal

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GLOBE AND MAIL: Val-d’Or’s boreal woodland caribou are on the verge of extinction, but a new report outlines how they can be saved

Nov 18, 2020

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