Jenny Cowley

Jenny Cowley is an investigative journalist in Toronto. She has previously reported for CBC in Nova Scotia. You can reach her at

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'I felt like a criminal': Airbnb hosts ask guests to lie, sneak around in covert rentals

Use the back door. Avoid the lobby if you're carrying luggage. Don't talk to neighbours. Say you're visiting a cousin. And most importantly, don't mention Airbnb. As cities and buildings around the world crack down on short-term rental platforms, hosts are asking guests to lie about who they are and why they're there.

Meet the Canadian who took on rental giant Airbnb — and won

Last-minute cancellations are the top complaint for Airbnb guests. But what's the home-sharing platform doing about it?

Credit freezes are one easy way to protect against identity fraud — but they're not available in Canada

There's no shortage of ways for thieves to steal your identity. From data breaches to phone scams, it could happen to anyone. But as some 27,000 Canadians report being victims of identity theft every year, a Marketplace investigation reveals Canada is doing little to match the strength of protections offered in the U.S.

How criminals are using the low-interest credit card scam to steal your identity

It starts with what sounds like a promising phone call: For a one-time fee, you can lower the interest rate on your credit card. But the person on the other end of the line isn't with your bank or credit card company. And what they're really after is your identity.

'A handful of little carnations': Customers complain Bloomex's bouquets don't always arrive as advertised

Bloomex bills itself as 'Canada's official florist,' delivering millions of bouquets across the country to date. But is what you see really what you get when ordering flowers online?

What's the dirtiest surface on an airplane? The result may surprise you

Marketplace's latest investigation reveals that the surfaces on a plane you're likely touching most often might not be as clean as you think, and some are contaminated with bacteria and other pathogens.

Former Burnside inmate speaks out about conditions amid protest

As Burnside inmates release a list of demands and say they're peacefully protesting, former inmate Bianca Mercer talks about her experience at the facility.

Hope for Wildlife unveils new marine habitat at annual open house

Animal rehabilitation centre Hope for Wildlife showcased its new marine habitat for the first time to the public.

Fewer feral cats calling Dartmouth business park home, says SPCA

The SPCA launched its trap, neuter and return (TNR) program 2½ years ago in an effort to manage the large number of feral cats in Halifax, which has been referred to as a "crisis."

Dreaded invasive fish makes its way into Kejimkujik Park

An invasive fish species has been spotted inside Kejimkujik Park for the first time, drawing concerns that the park's ecosystem could be disrupted.

'Giving our thanks': First responders in Nova Scotia honoured at event

Hundreds gathered in Lower Sackville, N.S., Saturday to give thanks to first responders across the province, coincidentally on the same day where a funeral was held in New Brunswick for two police officers killed in the line of duty.

'Art and accessibility go hand in hand' at Halifax festival

The seventh annual Art of Disability Festival showcased the talents of people with disabilities, and gave them the opportunity to showcase and sell their work in an accessible, inclusive space.

Clearwater happy with federal decision on Arctic surf clam licences

Clearwater Seafoods Ltd. is applauding a federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans decision to cancel a fourth Arctic surf clam fishing license, that currently leaves the company with a monopoly on the lucrative shellfish export.

Colchester animal shelter credits 'strong staff' with faster adoption rates

SPCA Colchester is reporting a significant decrease in the length of time that animals stay at the shelter, despite seeing an increase in the amount of animals being brought in.

Mail delivery service to resume after contract drivers halt strike

The strike affecting parcel deliveries in parts of the Maritimes is on hold. Twenty drivers who deliver for Quebec-based Nor-Pel will return to work Friday morning with contract talks to resume Saturday.