Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian will meet next week with the CEO of the Land Title and Survey Authority of B.C., following a request from council.
The city requested a meeting with LTSA CEO Connie Fair, in addition to Forests Minister Doug Donaldson, to ask for a moratorium on the relocation of documents from the local office in Kamloops to Victoria.
In a response to council, Donaldson referred the city to the LTSA.
“Whereas the LTSA is an independent, statutory authority governed by a board of directors and is responsible for the day-to-day operations, maintenance and management of BC’s land title and survey systems,” Donaldson wrote to council. “As such, the LTSA is best suited to meet with you on the matters you have raised.”
The mayor said he will be meeting with Fair on May 24.
The Thompson-Nicola Regional District also sent a letter to the province, requesting reversal of a decision to move the documents.
TNRD director and Kamloops Coun. Mike O’Reilly brought forward the request, which was carried by the board.
O’Reilly cited concerns over lack of First Nations consultations and a dozen private research jobs that rely on the documents. He stressed the importance of the documents and said they are safe in Kamloops, as the city does not have seismic concerns that exist in Victoria. O’Reilly also noted the local office was recently upgraded.
Kamloops MLAs Todd Stone and Peter Milobar have also sounded the alarm, stating earlier this year that they had heard rumours the local office would be closing.
In addition,Whispering Pines Clinton Indian Band Chief Michael LeBourdais last month launched legal action this week to stop the movement of the original documents.
A Land Title Office spokesperson told KTW the office is remaining in the city, but will be relocating from its current site in the Kamloops Law Courts building. The spokesperson added that documents are moving to Victoria, but local government jobs at the office will not be impacted as a result.