Ottawa Street Cops Unaware Police Union Abandoned Detective Helen Grus

Ottawa Police Association Paid Legal Fees for On-Duty Rapist – but not for Detective Grus charged with ‘unauthorized’ on-duty investigation of infant deaths.

An informal survey of 37 Ottawa Police patrol officers from August to November 2023 revealed that not one was aware that their own union – the Ottawa Police Association – is not paying legal fees for Detective Helen Grus.

Detective Helen Grus is charged with ‘Discreditable Conduct’ for conducting a purported “unauthorized” investigation into the potential connection between mRNA vaccinated mothers, and the sudden deaths of breastfeeding babies.

Detective Grus conducted her investigation ON DUTY, and after informing then Ottawa Chief of Police Peter Sloly about a significant increase in sudden infant deaths. Detective Grus presented her official criminal investigation file to Professional Standards investigator Sgt. Jason Arbuthnot on May 12, 2022.

The Ottawa Police served Detective Grus with ‘Notice of Increased Penalty’ that she will be fired if convicted. Nonetheless the Ottawa Police Association refused, and continues to refuse, to pay Detective Grus’s legal expenses for the charge arising from her on-duty investigation.

Matthew Cox, Ottawa Police Association President

“The questions that you have put to us are not only rife with inaccuracies, they also relate to internal policy decisions…

Guidelines are established that our members have to follow, and I do not believe it would be appropriate to speak out in the middle of a Police Service Act hearing.

The Association will not be granting your request for an interview. We can, however, confirm that we adhere to fair and transparent business practices, and ensure that all our members are treated equally.”

Matthew Cox, President Ottawa Police Association on November 10, 2023, replying to an interview request. (Media Request + Full Response below.)

Patrol Officers Question Why Some Accused Officers Receive Association Legal Funding and Others Do Not

Ottawa Police Officers told me that they have questions not only about why their police union refuses to pay Detective Grus’s legal fees, but also about what some called “the secretive process” that results in the Association covering legal fees for some members but not for others.

Ottawa Police Association Paid Legal Fees for Officers Accused of On-Duty Rape, Bribe-Taking

Several Ottawa Police Officers informed me that their police union paid at least partial legal expenses for Constable Eric Post – charged in 2018 with 32 criminal offenses against women including sexual assault (rape), forceable confinement, threatening, and pointing a firearm.

It is alleged that some of the criminal events occurred while Post was ‘on duty’, including when he wore his uniform and sidearm into a school classroom where the victim was teaching.

Post victimized numerous women over several years. One victim committed suicide. In 2021, Post pleaded guilty to five criminal charges involving violence against women in a negotiated plea that many found disgusting.

Police sources also state that the Ottawa Police Association paid at least some legal counsel expenses for three Constables charged by an RCMP anti-corruption squad for taking bribes and kickbacks from tow-truck operators for on-duty corruption. Two officers were also involved in a fraudulent insurance report that also involved on-duty criminal acts.

Constables Hussein Assaad, Kevin Putinski, and Andrew Chronopoulos resigned from the Ottawa Police in 2022 after a mixture of pleas and stays.


Informal Survey of Ottawa Police Officers Yields Shocking Answers

From August to November 2023, I approached 37 Ottawa Police patrol officers on the street and near various police facilities. I informed the officers that I am a former Toronto Police Sergeant Detective – now an independent journalist – and asked if they were aware of the charges against Detective Grus, and that the Ottawa Police Association is not funding her legal defense.

All 37 officers were unaware that the Ottawa Police Association had refused to fund Detective Grus’s legal expenses. Further, 26 of the officers passionately stated that I must be wrong – that their union would of course be paying Detective Grus’s legal fees.

The disconnect between these officers’ beliefs and their union’s refusal to fund Detective Grus’s legal fees is shocking.


“I thought the Association was covering her (Detective Grus’s) lawyer.”

Ottawa Police Constable ‘J’ – August, 2023.

“Officers don’t know that their legal fees aren’t covered until it happens to them. They assume they’re covered for all charges from on-duty things but it’s not true. The Association lets them think that they have their back.”

Ottawa Police Constable ‘J’ – October, 2023. (Same officer as above, two months later)

“The Association is more concerned with saving its bank account than the members who fund it.”

Ottawa Police Constable ‘T’ – October, 2023

“No f’ing way the Association is not paying for her lawyer. I heard the brass wants to fire her.”

“She has to fund raise? WTF?”   (When told of Detective Grus’s GiveSendGo)

Ottawa Police Constable ‘P’ – November, 2023

One Toronto Police Staff-Sergeant blames both Toronto and Ottawa officers for not taking an interest in the Association rules and policies that could impact them – but also acknowledges how decisions to pay member’s legal expenses can be quite arbitrary.

“Toronto Police Officers are ignorant of the Toronto Police Association bylaws about funding legal expenses, and it’s probably the same thing in Ottawa. They should be asking for the bylaws. It’s available to the rank and file and if they don’t read it, that’s their problem.

When the Association Executive is unfair in its discretion that’s something else. It’s happened in Toronto too. Sometimes it depends on who you know in the Executive. It’s not fair but it’s the way it is.”

Toronto Police Staff Sergeant ‘B’ – November, 2023

Union Reps Missing in Action at Detective Grus Trial

Ottawa Police Association union representatives were distinctly absent from the ten days of Detective Grus hearings in August and October / November.

In November one union representative showed up for a few hours.

I forgot to ask OPA President Matthew Cox about this, but he refused to answer any questions so it would not have made a difference.

“I would be pleased to publish any response by Mr. Cox as to why the Ottawa Police Association is so disinterested in the trial of an outstanding Detective who will be fired if convicted.”

Police Association Conflicts of Interest

Some officers told this journalist that the support shown by their police union for the coerced and mandated Covid vaccinations of Ottawa Police Service officers and civilian employees raises questions about Conflicts of Interest by the Ottawa Police Association.

Officers said that the Ottawa Police Association has consistently been in favour of experimental mRNA gene therapy injections for police personnel – and that their leadership failed to stand up for their members’ personal health autonomy and medical privacy.

When the Ottawa Police Service mandated COVID ‘vaccines’ for members, the Ottawa Police Association agreed. OPA President at the time Matt Skoff stated that unlike the Toronto Police Association, the OPA would not oppose the mandates. Further, President Skoff made statements in support of the Ottawa Police Service “(continuing) to pursue high vaccination rates of its members…”

Ottawa Police Association won’t oppose potential vaccine mandate – Ottawa Citizen August 25, 2021

Like the Ottawa Police Service that mandated the experimental injections for all employees, the Ottawa Police Association is a defacto supporter of mandatory mRNA injections and therefore has a real conflict of interest in anything to do with the legal and medical issues surrounding the vaccines.

“It would not be in the interest of the Ottawa Police, the Ottawa Police Association, or the Police Association of Ontario if evidence in the Grus Internal Hearing revealed that the mandatory mRNA vaccine injections cause injuries or deaths…”  Donald Best

Courthouse Prayers for Ottawa Police Detective Helen Grus

Media Request for Interview – Matthew Cox

Thursday, November 9th, 2023 at 2:21 PM


Donald Best
Barrie, Ontario


Mr. Matthew Cox,
Ottawa Police Association

Re: Detective Helen Grus

Dear Mr. Cox,

I am requesting a media interview about the case of Detective Helen Grus.

I’ve covered the Grus case extensively at my website and in other media. I did live broadcasts at the hearing every day of the recent August and October / November dates. The case is attracting international attention in the US, UK, and Australia where I’ve appeared in various media interviews.

I’m not into ‘ambush’ journalism, so here are the issues I wish to cover in your interview…

My readers and viewers are interested in these issues concerning the Ottawa Police Association and the Detective Grus case…

1/ Why isn’t the Ottawa Police Association covering the legal fees of Detective Grus?


  • At the very least the allegations against Detective Grus were an ‘on duty’ event. Professional Standards and the Hearing Officer have already stated that there is no evidence that the investigation Detective Grus initiated was for a personal purpose. The evidence before the Hearing is that Detective Grus was engaged in a criminal investigation, briefed Chief Sloly, and even provided her investigation file, evidence and exhibits to the Professional Standards officer on May 12, 2022.
  • The Ottawa Police Association has previously covered the legal expenses of police officers charged with on-duty rape, accepting bribes-kickbacks, and other offences.
  • So why is Detective Grus forced to mortgage her home to pay legal costs?

2/ I recently interviewed 37 Ottawa Police patrol officers on the street. Not one of them was aware that the OPA is not covering Detective Grus’s legal fees. Fully 26 of them informed me that I must be wrong – that the OPA was certainly covering her legal fees given the seriousness of the charge and the fact that the prosecution served ‘Increased Penalty’ notice that Detective Grus can be fired if convicted.

Question: Why do Ottawa Police patrol officers believe that the OPA is covering the legal fees of Detective Grus?

Question: In what other cases has the Ottawa Police Association NOT covered the legal fees of members charged with offences?

3/ Does the Ottawa Police Association have a Conflict of Interest in the Grus Case?

When the Ottawa Police Service mandated COVID ‘vaccines’ for members, the Ottawa Police Association agreed. OPA President at the time Matt Skoff stated that unlike the Toronto Police Association, the OPA would not oppose the mandates. Further, President Skoff made statements in support of the Ottawa Police Service “(continuing) to pursue high vaccination rates of its members…”

Further, the Ottawa Police Association is now aware that some OPA members are claiming serious injuries from the mandated injections that the OPA failed to oppose, and defacto supported.


a/ Does the position of the OPA to not oppose the mandates, and / or to support the COVID ‘vaccines’ – now create any actual or perceived liability for the OPA?

b/ Did the OPA require employees, members, or volunteers be ‘vaccinated’ to enter the OPA office?

c/ How many OPA members have reported injuries allegedly from the mandated injections?

d/ Has the OPA Executive discussed…

1/ Claims by OPA members of alleged vaccine injuries, and

2/ the growing medical evidence and even admissions from some governments that the COVID ‘vaccines’ have caused unprecedented levels of injuries and deaths?

Has this been a topic at Executive meetings, and if not, is this issue scheduled for discussion by the OPA?

e/ Does the OPA’s refusal to fund the Detective Grus legal defense have anything to do with the fact that her acquittal might draw attention to the OPA’s role in supporting COVID injections for its members?


I would appreciate recording an interview with you at your convenience via phone, Zoom or any other method of direct communication.

In the alternative, I would publish your written response to this email.

As I intend to publish my article at 6am Monday, November 13, 2023, I would appreciate interviewing you or your written response by Sunday evening.


Donald Best

Barrie, Ontario Canada

X: @DonaldBestCA

website: DonaldBest.CA

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Response from Matthew Cox – President, Ottawa Police Association

FW: Media Request for Interview – Matthew Cox

From Matthew Cox

Friday, November 10th, 2023 at 8:44 AM

Mr. Best,

Thank you for your enquiry, along with your request for an interview.

The Ottawa Police Association is an independent, Not-For-Profit corporation that has a fiduciary duty relating to the labour relations interests of the Civilian and Sworn employees of the Ottawa Police Service. The questions that you have put to us are not only rife with inaccuracies, they also relate to internal policy decisions; these policies are developed and approved by the duly elected Board of Directors of the Ottawa Police Association.

Guidelines are established that our members have to follow and I do not believe it would be appropriate to speak out in the middle of a Police Service Act hearing.

As such, the Association will not be granting your request for an interview. We can, however, confirm that we adhere to fair and transparent business practices, and ensure that all our members are treated equally.

Matthew Cox

President, Ottawa Police Association


  • Hey Donald former 14 div retiree. Great support for the honorable Grus.
    Police/government (same) now run by thugs.
    Bought and paid for puppets, too bad.
    I’m presently working on an unreleased (SOON) investigation of the Severn Planning. WordPress. 416 9389737

    John Tait

    • Hello John, I visited your website and read enough to be very concerned. Water is the next battle that ‘they’ are bringing to us. In Alberta ‘they’ are registering all wells – new and historical – and there’s only one reason for that. They would tax and control the air we breathe if they could.

      • Thanks Don. Hopefully when I release and we attack the planning under tort law the planning departments will go after the feds for support. The complexities of the eco-freaks study is not our concern. The 3 points to prove are included in the failure to notify us of this intrusion and the resultant equity losses. Very arrogant people.
        It looks like a meeting coming up with the Orillia mayor re: our intent. He may be complicit and end up on the statement of claim anyway. Im not pushing this web page yet until I get my ducks in a row.

        What your doing for Helen Grus has been remarkable. Hope we can hook up for a coffee sometime. I’m thru Barrie often on my way to Coldwater.

        Btw had a meeting with retired associates last week . so few of we the originals left. Talk soon.

      • Love seeing you respond to comments.

        Are you aware corruption as a human rights violation is a viable comsideration including by the United Nations and police corruption and corruption in the justice sysrem is considered part of the greatest hinderance to human rights.

        The corruption by the Ottawa Police against Detective Grus and the corruption by her union in refushing to pay her legal fees but decide to pay the legal fees of a rapist is part of a massive corruption problem in Canada and Shaun Rickard brings up amazing questions regarding the federal court of appeal that upheld the mootness of travel vaccine mandates even though it is a human rights violation challenge and corruption was behind these vaccine travel mandates which were not about health but political vindictive measures.

        The corruption issue as a human rights violation is an amazing avenue to go along with in a court action. Detective Grus has suffered vindictive measures by a police force caught in conflict of interest with vaccine mandates of their own with death and injury occuring to many who were forced to take these experimental shots. The submissiion by Pfizer and the FDA August 31st 2021 ar the same time vaccine mandates and passports were being pushed on citizens especially children showed that pfizer was being forced to do a sub study of myocarditis and percarditis from the vaccines especially in our younger cohort and as such these vaccines were experiments and could not be called safe. Myocarditis causss 20% heart transplants and a survival rate of 50% after 5 to 10 years. Mild myocarditis is a fraud based on these statistics. Comsider small babies in wombs or breastfeeding babies and what these vaccines can do their small hearts. Sean Hartman forced to get this shot to play hockey and died from myocarditis at the same time as submissions are forced on Pfizer and Moderna regarding myocarditis pericarditis subgroup studies imdicates the gravity of criminal negligence were dealing with and the charge against Detective Grus is cover up for this.

        Just a note in 2021 was Detective Grus ignored from an invite to the Christmas party however the one point not focused on is that the police can have parties yet its still such a dangerous pandemic according to public health and all actions regarding these vaccines. The hypocrisy is hillarious.

  • Thank you Donald for your open and transparent request for eplanation from Ottawa Police Association. The OPA President has demonstrated that neither he nor the Association will be transparent, despite making the baseless bald statement the Association is being transparent. I have written him to speak openly and explain why the Association supports the criminal behaviour of his members who were exposed in their assaults, breach of rights and abuse of Freedom Convoy participants. The OPA should denounce the criminal activity in their ranks. As a retired Ottawa officer I am disgusted the Ottawa Police Association still supports the mandatory jabs of new Ottawa Police employees.
    The jab policies were conditions of employment imposed unilaterally outside of the collective agreement and bargaining process and the Asociation is derelict in their duty to represent Det. GRUS AND in their arbitrary abandonment of the duty to represent the membership from arbitrary and unconstitutional jab mandates. The evidence is in that the jabs were harmful, kill many and likely have killed breast feeding infants. Those risks should have never been blindly supported without clear proven evidence and they swallowed the government lies, all of them safe and never effective and they still are. The OPA Board are well paid cowards trying to hide the facts and truth bringing further disgrace to all police officers who hold to their duty. The OPA has abandoned their duty to Det. GRUS. Shame on President Cox for his position.

    • I don’t know who you are but I wholeheartedly agree with you.

      The fact the Ottawa Police Association has failed to fund the legal Defence of Detective Grus is a breach of contract – personally and professionally, and as a former Ottawa Police Officer myself, would be happy to donate to a civil-action legal fund for such purposes.

      The membership must be made aware of how and why this decision was made to not support Detective Grus. Those who made this decision should be held liable.

      I have no doubt that certain politicians and their minions held communications with union leadership to not fund her defence. And if indeed that is the case, a change in political leadership would be necessary to obtain justice.

      Her justice may not come today, but it will come. She is a hero. Just like Frank Serpico, she will become a legend and history will be very kind to her legacy.

      • Dr Christina Bredin

        Well said!! If my baby died I would appreciate so much someone who would step up for the family and all Canadians by being willing to investigate such an unspeakable loss.