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City workers in Quesnel in central BC joined community activists protesting the citys decision to hold closed-door meetings on the controversial 2004 budget.

On the menu for the private meeting (in addition to a sumptuous steak dinner) were $1 million in cuts and a plan for a new $8 million city hall.

This is not what a democracy looks like, says CUPE 1050 President Dan Weiman.

Instead of proper staffing, the city is contemplating an adopt a park program to encourage volunteers to do city services.

City workers have launched a public campaign to stop the cuts to city services. For more information, visit http://www.cupe1050.com/

CUPE is also backing a community campaign to stop the purchase of the new $8 million city hall.

Its the most expensive building of its kind in all of the northern and central Interior, Weiman says. Over 10 per cent of residents have already signed the petition to block the purchase of the new city hall.