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North End Halifax Residents to Oppose Closure of Bank Branch
(Friday, July 11/2003)-- District 11 Councillor Jerry Blumenthal is urging area residents to turn out en masse next week to attend to a public meeting regarding the closure of a Bank of Montreal branch in north end Halifax.
Councillor Blumenthal said the BOM branch in the Novalea Drive shopping plaza represented the last convenient banking location available to a large number of residents in Halifax's north end.
The Councillor said "If we are to save this branch, we have to have a large turnout to tell Bank of Montreal officials just how important this branch is to the residents of the north end.
"Its closure will be a serious blow to many seniors in this area, as well as other residents who may not have the time, or the means, to travel to other locations to do their banking. The residents have been there for the Bank of Montreal all of these years..now it's time for the Bank to repay that loyalty, " he said.
After residents complained that they weren't consulted, the Bank of Montreal was ordered by the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada to hold a public meeting to explain the closure of the north end branch. This marks the first time a bank has been ordered to do so in Nova Scotia
When: Monday, July 14, 2003
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Nova Scotia Community College, Leeds Street, Halifax
Councillor Jerry Blumenthal