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You don't always have to attend the bank in person.
For example, here you can apply for an account online:http://www.scotiabank.com/ca/en/0,,20,00.html#a2
Many banks now allow this so you really just have to contact which ever bank you are interested in.
Let me know if you need any further clarification.
I was just thinking about your question and wondering of what I suggested worked and/or whether you have any follow-up questions for me.
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