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Features by Sean Cole

Too much money can be a problem too

Fort McMurray, Alberta may be the only town that breathed a sigh of relief when the recession came. Fort McMurray is a modern day boomtown that's struggling to keep up with near 10 percent a year growth and the flood of money from the nearby oil sands.
Posted In: Oil

The Cyrano to your online dating profile

Online dating -- just like its offline counterpart -- can be tricky, especially when it comes to that ever-important profile. How do you market yourself in just the right way? As Sean Cole reports, all it might take is a little bit of advertising skills from your online Cyrano de Bergerac.
Posted In: Internet

A legal twist in Canada's 'mat leave' law

Canadian women are entitled to a whopping full year for maternity leave with partial pay. And they can return to their same job too -- unless they are terminated during the leave. Marketplace's Sean Cole takes a look at a controversial exception in the Canadian maternity leave law.
Posted In: Jobs, Law

Going "green" can be cutting jobs

Hotels around the country are urging their customers to "make a green choice" and opt out of daily housekeeping for their rooms. But cutting back on water and electricity might also be cutting back on something else: jobs. Sean Cole reports.
Posted In: Environment, Jobs, Travel

Too much money can be a problem too

Fort McMurray, Alberta may be the only town that breathed a sigh of relief when the recession came. Fort McMurray is a modern day boomtown that's struggling to keep up with near 10 percent a year growth and the flood of money from the nearby oil sands.
Posted In: Oil

Marketing affairs: How to advertise paramours

Marketplace's Sean Cole decides to give Noel Biderman a shot at something a lot of media outlets don't give him: A chance to talk. Biderman's company runs several niche dating websites, including one for married people looking for an affair.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship

Living off the land at 'Fort Awesome'

In the first of our series, Money Changes Everything, reporter Sean Cole follows the story of four recession-struck friends who embark on a mission to build "Fort Awesome" and live off the land on a $550 parcel in the Texas desert purchased on eBay
Posted In: Economy

Companies dig deep for Canada's oil

Canada has vast oil resources, but most of the stuff buried in Alberta is too deep for traditional mining techniques. But where there's a decent profit margin, there's a way. Sean Cole reports.
Posted In: Canada, Oil

Extracting oil from Canadian sand pits

Canada has some of the most oil in the world, and about half of it comes from the "oil sands." Oil companies use some of the most expensive, energy intensive technology to extract the oil from the sand -- which leaves an impact on the environment too.
Posted In: Environment, Oil

Fake Lake Gate riles Canadians

Canadians are up in arms about the high cost of the back-to-back G-8 and G-20 meetings in Canada, which includes an "Experience Canada Pavilion" complete with a fake lake. Marketplace's Sean Cole takes a look.

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