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EDITORIAL – Pointless removal of Land Title records needs to be stopped

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

SOMETIMES GOVERNMENTS do things for strange reasons. Sometimes they do things for no reason at all.

Moving records from the Land Titles office in Kamloops to Victoria is one of those things.

That office has provided an important service to residents for many years. For legal reasons or for historical research, you can go into that office and view the status and history of any piece of property in the region.

You can look at the original titles and trace every boundary change, and find every owner through the years going back to the 1880s. Most people never have a need to do that but for those who do it’s a wonderful and essential service.

The NDP government claims nothing much will change, except original copies will now be in Victoria instead of here. Jobs won’t be lost, it says.

That remains to be seen but if there’s to be no change to the service, and no obvious advantage, why do it at all?

Doug Donaldson, the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, offers the excuse that Land Titles offices are independent of government and he can’t tell them how to operate.

He says the records will be kept in a climate-controlled vault in Victoria.

But the Kamloops office was recently upgraded at a cost of $1.7 million with the installation of climate control technology and security.

Our MLAs, Kamloops City council, Thompson Nicola Regional District and First Nations leaders are all expressing concern about the move. Donaldson brushes it off as “crocodile tears.”

He needs to take the politics out of it and answer the concerns of the community. This useless removal of historic records from the community needs to be stopped.

Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at mrothenburger@armchairmayor.ca.

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About Mel Rothenburger (6546 Articles)
ArmchairMayor.ca is a forum about Kamloops and the world. It has more than one million views. Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). At ArmchairMayor.ca he is the publisher, editor, news editor, city editor, reporter, webmaster, and just about anything else you can think of. He is grateful for the contributions of several local columnists. This blog doesn't require a subscription but gratefully accepts donations to help defray costs.

4 Comments on EDITORIAL – Pointless removal of Land Title records needs to be stopped

  1. R A George // April 6, 2019 at 2:52 PM // Reply

    Our BC Parliament buildings would make a reasonably high class hotel and the whole kit and kabboodal from within could be moved up to what is the center of BC civilization,KAMLOOPS. No magnitude 9,s expected here and the mighty Thompson never gets tooo high.

  2. Robert A Bruce // April 2, 2019 at 10:59 PM // Reply

    I’m with Marcus on this, this is the most stable place in BC…west of here is not, nether is east. Seems to be a moot point as all the records are pretty much online. Moving them is a pretty stupid thing to do. They should be building here, and moving the records from Victoria to here. There is a reason there are data centers here. Not in Vic or the lower mainland. Much smarter planners than those in Government, they’re putting it here. This is one of those places that will weather any storm, geologic, wind, moisture. We got the best and safest here. Kamloops is pretty awesome…. So here’s a story for you. Bill Gates, being sued in the states because of outlook express and 95. Smiled as said “seeya”, turned to Convergys. “Make me a center in Canada, Now!” It wasn’t opened here because there was lots of cheap labor, or because anything was cheaper, not because the Government was giving them any breaks, not because there was a ready pool of technologists. It was here because this was the most stable place in AB/BC they could find. I know as they paid me to move here from Winnipeg, to build and open it.

  3. It is obvious despite the subtleties that Victoria is set to destroy Kamloops. Although a locally-made Trojan horse of sorts could be erected, delivered with pomp and circumstance…and used to teach them infidels a lesson.

  4. Marcus Lowe // April 2, 2019 at 7:03 AM // Reply

    Magnitude 9 earthquake in Victoria highly probable, though not highly publicized. Where will the records be after that? Likely SUNK>>>

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