BTravenn, you certainly have brought up some good points, you are correct about the councilors not getting paid, but there are two representatives from Council (Mayor and councilor) who are to represent PR at the table (btw they do get paid to go to the meetings including expenses on top of what they receive from council).
As for islanders, please let us not forget, without them, our economy would definitely be down the toilet. Many of the outlining communities shop here (plus some do go to Terrace), but if they are not staying with family here, hotels and restaurants do benefit.
I agree that the Regional District as well as PR needs more trimming at the top (Administration) with such high wages for the economy, I am still trying to understand how someone without degrees are making double (and some triple) to those who have worked hard for their education. It does not make sense, but the running of the City has always baffled me, guess it is who you know.