September 25, 2017

EXCLUSIVE: Alberta taxpayers foot the bill for prison inmates’ dance lessons

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

When we saw an article in the Daily Mail about UK taxpayers paying for belly dancing, Zumba and yoga lessons for women in prison, we thought, "This idea is just crazy enough for the Alberta Government.”

We asked the Alberta Government for, "copies of any documents on any spending on dance, aerobics or Zumba classes for inmates for the time period of January 1st 2016 to August 23rd 2017."

We didn't get back a lot of details. But we did get confirmation:

The Elizabeth Fry Society, under contract to the Alberta Government, delivered eight specialty dance workshop lessons to Alberta inmates.

Alberta is broke.

We can't afford to be teaching inmates in jails to express themselves through interpretive dance, especially if Alberta parents can no longer afford to send their kids to dance lessons or pay for their own gym memberships.

I'm going to try to find out more about this, like the actual cost of these dance lessons. But that requires sending more Freedom of Information request in to the Alberta Government.

And they routinely give me whopping bills to keep me from investigating.

And that's where you can help:

I'm not going to let Notley and her government stop me from finding out what she's hiding, on this and other issues.

If you can help cover the cost of my Freedom of Information investigations, please go to and find out how you can help crowdfund our independent reporting.

And I promise, I won't stop prying into Notley and the NDP's total mismanagement of our province.

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commented 2017-09-27 09:42:29 -0400
Space Moose – you don’t seem to complain about the CBC forcefully picking your pocket each year for their liberal propaganda machine. Any donations for causes the Rebel undertakes is voluntary. That’s a big difference. And if you don’t contribute that’s your choice. So stop acting like a whiny child and grow up.
commented 2017-09-26 17:25:44 -0400
Space Moose, you have already explained to everyone multiple times you don’t contribute money, or buy a subscription. That is certainly your decision, but, please stop pretending you are so hard done by when Rebel supports certain causes. A few months ago, you complained about seeing commercials during one of Ezra’s shows – he had made it available to everyone, free of charge. You were upset that between segments, Rebel Media has a short advert – “You are watching Rebel Media”.
You have described yourself as “cheap” , and based on your repeated whining, I think you are cheap too.

Go and read
Sheila has given numerous informative reports as a result of Access to Information Requests, she has shown viewers what the government has charged her to gain access. All of this information is available, so, instead of belly aching, use the search tool on this site to confirm this for yourself; or not.
Rebel viewers decide for themselves whether to support a cause, doesn’t much matter to me if you don’t.
commented 2017-09-26 04:16:16 -0400
I don’t think Caolan is a hustler. I think he came across some things that the rebel did, and that he felt a need to address them. One such thing that he criticized the rebel for, was the constant asking for money. So whenever the rebel asks for money, such as for the dance info, I am not going to want to give out money. And for what? So that Sheila can go and file more access for info, and then ask us for more money?

The jails should not be paying for free dance lessons. WE all know this. Move on. No need to research it more.

I will laugh so hard if the dance lessons were given by a volunteer.
commented 2017-09-26 01:33:24 -0400
The Elizabeth Fry Society provides an extremely valuable service to the people of Alberta. Sheila Gunn Reid is probably not aware of it. If she were she would not be so distainful.

Alberta taxpayers spend a lot for the men and women in prison. If the women and men could have programs or therapy that help them move along, everyone benefits.

I know in my own life eight dance lessons will not change my direction. But how do I know? Actually eight dance lessons may be exactly what the doctor ordered.
commented 2017-09-26 01:17:28 -0400
Jay Kelly they are in jail for a reason. It is not supposed to be a resort, if they do not like it in prison then do not commit crimes, no one forced them to do anything.
commented 2017-09-26 01:16:30 -0400
I can still remember the prison they built in west Edmonton in the 90’s women were able to just hop out the window and lave if they so desired. That was well thought out.
commented 2017-09-26 01:13:04 -0400
Me Notyou, be careful not to repeat the same mistakes as James Scott.

What do you want our prisons to do? There are many bad people who have been imprisoned for their crimes. Do you want your neighbours to pay to keep them in there forever? It is expensive.

The Elizabeth Fry Society and many other groups are trying, voluntarily, to help prisoners when are able to leave prison.

Would it help you if you had a trade or if you were more literate? Might dance help you to become a better person?
commented 2017-09-26 01:01:58 -0400
May as well turn the prisons into resorts.

Commit a crime; enjoy the easy life.
commented 2017-09-26 00:46:15 -0400
Each time I read your comments, the image of Gerald Butts is burned in my brain.

“Alberta, and Canada, also happen to have a very good justice system. The prisons seek ways to help society by improving the convicted men and women so they may re-enter and contribute to the broader society.”

Really? You’re not serious? Without naming names….but here is a recent example: Omar Khadr. Oh but we didn’t have to rehabilitate him, just pay him 10.5 cool ones.
commented 2017-09-25 23:18:16 -0400
Ouch! Some people are posting on here against dance lessons in prison. The same people are protesting rights of Albertans who have been accused of a crime.

With a clear head Albertans and all Canadians might ask themselves if there anything we can do to help prisoners in Alberta (and God knows there are plenty of them) to exit the prison system sooner and with good results.

Having volunteers teach dance is a good start.
commented 2017-09-25 23:02:12 -0400
TAMMIE PUTINSKI-ZANDBELT commented 4 hours ago
Space Moose & Kelly Weber, the point is, Caolan is a hustler.
Not to mention he is also a sodomite Who enjoys licking fecal matter off his boyfriends penis.
commented 2017-09-25 22:48:23 -0400
Jay Kelly… did you forget to pick up your brain when it fell out and leave it on the road? I guess we should have prime rib night, Kobe beef night, spa day etc etc all for the tax payer to foot the bill.These prisons should not become replicas of the infamous Club Fed.
commented 2017-09-25 22:29:13 -0400
Canadian-style, bleeding-heart Liberal, hug-a-thug justice BS!
SHEILA GUNN REID, I think you may have shocked a whole whack of liberals when you correctly stated convicted criminals are sent to jail as punishment (not for punishment).

“…If ever there was an issue to sharply outline the clash between the democratic masses and their academic and media elites, it is capital punishment. The people want it. The elites do not. Generally, the people take the moral view of crime and punishment, and the elites, the therapeutic view. Elites say the only motive for killing as punishment is revenge. They generally believe that crime arises from its conditions: the perpetrator can no more be responsible for his crime than for an abcessed tooth. They say therapy – not some punishment as barbaric as the crime – is required, because the criminal is sick….”
commented 2017-09-25 21:49:18 -0400
Come on, Sheila Gunn Reid, are you serious?

Who do you thinks pays for the meals and bedsheets of Alberta prison inmates? It is not the prisoners, it is the taxpayers! Who do you think pays for the salaries of those who guard the perimeter or supervise the activities of the prisoners?

And Alberta prisoners are a tough lot. Some have committed murder, many have committed violent crimes, and many have been thieves and con-artists of the lowest order.

Alberta, and Canada, also happen to have a very good justice system. The prisons seek ways to help society by improving the convicted men and women so they may re-enter and contribute to the broader society.

By the way, you hurt The Rebel by maligning the Elizabeth Fry Society. That group, which is largely made up of non-paid volunteers, provides a service in Alberta and elsewhere that is invaluable.

Please look up Elizabeth Fry Society on the internet to see some of the good works they do.

What a cost-effective service to have members of this organization teach dance to women in prison!

Sheila Gunn Reid : I am asking you to write an item promoting donations to the Elizabeth Fry Society. Please do it.
commented 2017-09-25 21:03:18 -0400
William Elder, lol!
commented 2017-09-25 21:00:14 -0400
“OK girls, this is the big break out, over the hedge – "Not in my good dress and dior heels I’m not, oh and I’ll be late for yoga. You girls start without me. ;-)
commented 2017-09-25 19:23:18 -0400
I researched this on other sites too, over several days. My comment stands.
commented 2017-09-25 19:16:51 -0400
TAMMIE PUTINSKI-ZANDBELT commented 20 mins ago
Space Moose & Kelly Weber, the point is, Caolan is a hustler.

Was he a hustler or was there some truth to it? You don’t ask yourself why Ezra (a guy with a law degree) would pay him blackmail money?
commented 2017-09-25 18:53:01 -0400
Space Moose & Kelly Weber, the point is, Caolan is a hustler.
commented 2017-09-25 18:26:36 -0400
I think there was a lot of truth in the video that Caolan Robertson made. Did you see the compilation of rebel petitions? And the rebel does ask for money all the time.

Anybody here watch the culture report? Lauren Southern did an interview on there. A good watch. And Caolan does not ask us to sign petitions.
commented 2017-09-25 18:15:31 -0400
TAMMIE PUTINSKI-ZANDBELT commented 19 mins ago
Space Moose, you were hustled by Caolan, don’t fret, you are not the first n’or the last.
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Actually it was Ezra that got hustled.
commented 2017-09-25 17:52:23 -0400
Space Moose, you were hustled by Caolan, don’t fret, you are not the first n’or the last.
commented 2017-09-25 17:32:40 -0400
Caolan Who?
commented 2017-09-25 17:27:47 -0400
I will not be donating any money. And for what? So the government can have my money, and tell me how much they spent?

I can already hear the voice of Caolan Robertson talking about rebel fund raising and where the money goes.
commented 2017-09-25 17:03:00 -0400
SHEILA , will send you a few bucks on pension payday to help you get some good quality shovels
commented 2017-09-25 16:56:27 -0400
And isn’t this cultural appropriation?
commented 2017-09-25 16:55:41 -0400
They’re preparing them for the rape gangs!
commented 2017-09-25 15:10:21 -0400
Keep digging Sheila!
commented 2017-09-25 14:05:58 -0400
What we tolerate we encourage.!!