You are cutting budget items that make a city attract and keep families and retired people:
-Arts and culture
-Calvin Kruk Centre
-Attractive, safe and well maintained streets and parks
-Affordable recreation and sports
- Service clubs
- A wonderful transit system
By increasing the cost of ice time, more young people can’t afford hockey and figure skating, so have idle time.
Now you are contemplating taking away the transit system. There are many people besides students who ride the city bus. There are young families, people going to work and back home, elderly people, handicapped people, and people like me who choose to stop driving to help the environment and be proactive about safety and economy. The bus drivers are extremely courteous and helpful, and are vital members of our city. I do a lot of volunteering, and depend on the city bus to get me to the places that are too far to walk or when the weather makes it unsafe to walk.
It seems as if you are trying to turn Dawson Creek into an industrial wasteland, with a great many cannabis stores,and hotels, and empty buildings and lots (along 8th, 17th. and downtown especially).
You picked an unfortunate time to raise your salaries, and to decide paving the Encana parking lot was a top priority.