The Thompson-Nicola Regional District board has decided to send a letter to the province, requesting reversal of a decision to move documents from the Land Title Office in Kamloops to Victoria.
TNRD director and Kamloops Coun. Mike O’Reilly brought forward the request, which was carried by the board.
O’Reilly submitted a similar notice of motion earlier this week at city council, which will be debated on Tuesday, April 2, calling for a hold on moving the 12,000 documents before the city can meet with the province on the matter.
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.
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.
The TNRD will direct the letter to Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Doug Donaldson.