Jaela Bernstien

Jaela Bernstien is a national reporter based in Montreal. She's covered a wide range of news topics, ranging from criminal trials to ice age caves, and everything in between.

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Hampstead tenants devastated by developer's plans to bulldoze their apartments

Tenants in a pair of apartment blocks say they're heartbroken and confused after being notified by letter and a sign on the front lawn that their buildings could be demolished to make way for a nine-storey apartment complex.

Canada's 1st face transplant recipient has had many setbacks — but no regrets

Last spring, Maurice Desjardins risked it all for a face transplant. The procedure was a success, but the recovery has been rocky.

Father of dead Granby, Que., girl defended stepmother in 2018 court appearance

The father of the seven-year-old Granby, Que., girl who died after being found in critical condition in her home by police this week defended his girlfriend in court last year, when the woman was granted a full discharge after pleading guilty to assaulting his daughter.

A lesson from New Jersey as Quebec tries to persuade people to leave flood zones for good

New Jersey has found a way to encourage hundreds of homeowners to move away from flood zones, but unlike Quebec, the state has no cap on compensation.

Celebrated WW II vet, Dieppe hero, dies at 101

Funeral services for Honorary Col. David Hart, the Canadian army's longest serving officer, will be held in Montreal Sunday.

2 more police officers benched after SQ head suspended

A day after the head of the Quebec provincial police force was suspended, two more police officers have been relieved of their duties.

Girl, 2, survives 'drastic' surgery to reconstruct her skull

Using a 3D-printed model, some 210 screws and a black pen, surgeons in Quebec undertook a risky 12-hour operation to reduce the size of a two-year-old's enlarged skull and allow her brain to grow.

'We have fewer rights': Franco-Ontarian youth protest by living proudly

In Prescott-Russell county, about 500 kilometres from Queen's Park, students have gathered for a French improv tournament. Many of the teens have donned felt pins representing the Franco-Ontarian flag.

Aspiring teacher may leave Quebec if CAQ follows through on religious symbol ban

Fatima Ahmad, an undergraduate in McGill University's faculty of education, is only a few years away from becoming a teacher. But she may need to leave Quebec to make it happen.

'It's crazy!': Quebec's ban on sales of anything with words or images of pot riles business owners

In the back room of a head shop in downtown Montreal, there are boxes stuffed with shirts, lighters, board games, and even colouring books — all pulled from shelves because even though cannabis is now legal in Canada, stores in Quebec can't sell anything bearing words or images associated with marijuana.

Quebec Inuit leaders plead for mental health support in wake of youth suicides

In Nunavik, Quebec's expansive northern region dotted by remote fly-in Inuit villages, most residents are connected to at least one, if not several of the young people who have recently ended their own lives.

As Canada strikes back against Trump's tariffs, local businesses become collateral damage

Certain businesses caught in the crossfire of the Canada-U.S. trade war say their profits are being hurt by Ottawa's countermeasures, and they're worried about what will happen if this goes on much longer.

Orange cones got you down? Repairs aren't sexy, and drivers are paying for it

Summer (read: construction season) is in full swing, and if you've noticed the minefield of detours and traffic cones seems especially bad in Canada's largest cities this year, there's a reason — some experts say it's a symptom of poor planning.

From farm to factory, Canadian dairy industry has no time for Trump

A generation after Peter Strebel's father started a farm in 1976 with 50 Holsteins, Canada's dairy sector is at the heart of a mounting trade war, and Strebel fears the survival of farms like his is at stake.

'Fake Indian': Founder of self-proclaimed Mikinak Indigenous group harassed over status card

The former chief of the Mikinaks, a so-called Indigenous community that gained infamy in 2016, is now fending off harassment from people angry that she's received Indian status.