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.
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 WhatIsSheHiding.ca 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.