BMO to open ‘studio’ branches s more customers bank online

The Bank of Montreal will open tiny branches with a handful of employees giving “face-to-face” information on topics such as mortgages, with most customers now banking online.

BMO is opening what it calls a “studio” branch next week in a Montreal condo building and expects to open 10 to 15 of these micro branches at a time across Canada and in the U.S. Midwest, CEO William Downe said Monday.

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Online voting for Edmonton elections gaining support

At least one city councillor is ready to support a proposal to allow Internet voting in next October’s civic election.

That proposal will hit council’s desk Wednesday and could see Edmontonians voting with the click of a mouse in the future.

“I like anything that can get people motivated to vote,” said Coun. Kerry Diotte. “I’ll certainly listen to any questions and concerns but I’m happy to see this move forward.”

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