Windsor Police Constable Michael Brisco Punished to Reinforce Political Control Over Law Enforcement

The Ontario Civilian Police Commission has reinforced its position that policing organizations and individual police officers should obey political orders without question, and ignore our Constitution, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the Rule of Law.

Windsor Police Constable Michael Brisco was convicted of Discreditable Conduct for anonymously donating $50 to the Freedom Convoy on February 7, 2022. The Ontario Civilian Police Commission just disallowed his appeal of the conviction and the outrageous penalty of 80 hours pay.

“The conviction of Constable Brisco for donating to a group that was in opposition to the government and its tyrannical and destructive political policies is just one of a series of recent events and decisions intended to solidify political control over law enforcement organizations and individual officers in Canada.”

At the time he donated to the Freedom Convoy, Constable Brisco was suspended without pay for refusing to be injected with the experimental mRNA COVID gene therapy that has since been shown to have caused millions of injuries and deaths.

Constable Brisco’s refusal to be injected with the experimental vaccines marked him as an independent and critical thinker. His donation to the convoy was, in my opinion, merely an excuse to punish Constable Brisco for his original sin of refusing the injections.

Just as we saw other professional regulatory bodies punishing and purging dissenting medical doctors, lawyers, pharmacists, and academics – policing organizations were quick to target critical thinkers who are a dangerous threat to effective top-down political control of the professions.

There was no admission or apology from either the Windsor Police or the Ontario Civilian Police Commission about how the vaccine mandates violated the Nuremburg Protocols, or that there was no informed consent throughout the population because the manufacturers and government concealed known vaccine adverse events including deaths and life-changing serious injuries.

Neither the Windsor Police nor the Ontario Civilian Police Commission acknowledged the fact that – according to the Pfizer Documents – the vaccine manufacturer and government officials knew that in the initial trials the vaccine killed 28 of 30 babies in the womb. Yet the Windsor Police and Ontario Government continued to mandate the injections that Constable Brisco refused.

The Windsor Police did not and will not launch a criminal investigation into the pile of injured and dead that grows daily – a political decision that flies in the face of the facts.

So the Windsor Police and government targeted Constable Brisco – even using criminally obtained stolen data to prove their case. The prosecutors and the Ontario Civilian Police Commission discarded the legal concepts of ‘Fruit of the Poison Vine’ and Rule of Law to do what they wanted to do.

The Windsor Police Tribunal Hearing Officer talked of “the harm Constable Brisco caused to the reputation of the (Windsor Police Service). This factor is particularly linked to the important objective of maintaining confidence in policing.”

“Maintaining confidence in policing.”

Both the Windsor Police and the Ontario Civilian Police Commission remain silent on the fact that the Windsor Police were recently shown to have illegally and brutally arrested citizens for lawfully protesting while standing off the roadway on a sidewalk. The Crown had to drop those charges.

No mention was made of how Windsor and other police brutalized Canadians for four years, shut down small businesses while allowing Costco and Walmart to remain open, barricaded churches, arrested Christian pastors – and brutally handcuffed visibly pregnant women for the egregious offenses of watching their children play hockey while unvaccinated, pushing a child on a swing in a closed park, or simply walking down the street in the open air without a mask.

The unquestioning political obedience, brutality, and overreach of Canadian Police in the last four years destroyed the public’s faith in law enforcement and brought the reputation of policing into disrepute.

Principled officers like Constable Michael Brisco are the last hope of restoring public confidence in law enforcement, but instead of acknowledging the ongoing public-confidence disaster of policing in Canada, the Ontario Civilian Police Commission chose to further entrench political control over law enforcement organizations and individual police officers.

Constable Brisco’s Appeal and Decision

June 14, 2023 – Notice-of-Appeal-Brisco-14JUN2023_Redacted (pdf)

February 14, 2024 – 2024oncpc24 Decision (pdf)

Other Sources

Epoch Times – Matthew Horwood: Windsor Police Officer Who Donated $50 to Freedom Convoy Loses Tribunal Appeal

Windsor Star – Doug Schmidt: Windsor cop’s discreditable conduct appeal dismissed

Ottawa Police Prosecutor Vanessa Stewart Likens Detective Helen Grus to Serial Rapist-Murderer Russell Williams

Hearing Officer Superintendent Chris Renwick allows outrageous comparison over defense objections

Stewart Court Attire

Every time we think that the internal hearing against Ottawa Police Detective Helen Grus can’t get any wilder – Prosecutor Vanessa Stewart yells “HOLD MY BEER!” and once again proves us wrong.

Accompanying her outrageous courtroom behaviour with fashion statements and hi-heeled boots that rival anything seen on Ottawa’s Gladstone Strip, Prosecutor Stewart seems to have little sense of decorum and propriety. Every day she makes the hearing into a theatre of the absurd where the audience can’t even guess at her next act.

You can’t make this up!

On Wednesday, January 10, 2024 Prosecutor Vanessa Stewart cross-examined defense witness Ottawa Police Service Sergeant Major (retired) Peter Danyluk.

In earlier testimony Danyluk described Detective Helen Grus as having a calm demeanor when she spoke with him about her investigation and concerns with the mRNA Covid ‘vaccines’.

Prosecutor Vanessa Stewart then despicably likened ‘calm demeanor’ Detective Helen Grus to ‘calm’ Serial Rapist – Murderer Russell Williams

Prosecutor Stewart – “You would agree that good people can make bad decisions.”

Witness Danyluk – “Anybody would agree with that. Yes.”

Prosecutor Stewart – “You would agree with me, people who appear calm can make bad decisions?”

Witness Danyluk – “Yes”

Prosecutor Stewart – “So people who appear calm can make bad decisions. I can give you a specific example. In the course of your career, did you ever have a chance to watch the interview of Russell Williams?”

Witness Danyluk – “Possibly”

Prosecutor Stewart – “I’m going to suggest that during the video of his interview Russell Williams was extremely calm.”

Defense Counsels Bath-Sheba van den Berg and Blair Ector – “OBJECTION!”

At this exchange the public gallery looked at each other in amazement, shaking their heads and wondering what idiocy would be next. They didn’t have long to wait…

Defense Lawyers Allege Criminal Witness Intimidation, Obstruction of Justice by Professional Standards Inspector

Insp. Hugh O’Toole

At a little after 3pm just before Detective Grus was to testify in her own defense, lead counsel Bath-Sheba van den Berg and co-counsel Blair Ector informed Hearing Officer Chris Renwick that Professional Standards Inspector Hugh O’Toole had sent an intimidating and threatening email to Detective Grus just prior to her scheduled testimony.

The email threatened that if Detective Grus gave certain evidence and referred to certain Ottawa Police documents in her testimony, the Ottawa Police Professional Standards Unit would launch another investigation against her.

This email was sent directly to the witness as she was about to testify – not to her defense lawyers.

In the chaos that followed Prosecutor Vanessa Stewart also threatened Detective Grus – stating that Stewart had “Put (Grus and her lawyers) on Notice” about the use of certain Ottawa Police documents as evidence. By her comments, Stewart also revealed that she had prior knowledge about the threatening email and was probably in collusion with Inspector O’Toole in delivering the threat.

My next report will provide full details of the threats to Detective Grus and an update on further developments.

After consultation with some of my lawyer friends, I am of the strong opinion that the intimidating and threatening email from Ottawa Police Inspector Hugh O’Toole meets the criminal threshold for:

– Intimidating a Justice System Participant (CC 423.1 (1) b),

– Obstruction of Justice (CC 139 (2) AND (3) )

Next Hearing Date – About February 14 / 15, 2024

When the hearing adjourned on Thursday, January 11, 2024 the parties were discussing the next hearing dates to be confirmed on or about February 14 / 15, 2024 – but no date has yet appeared on the Ottawa Police hearings website.

News Media Articles about the latest chaos in the Detective Grus Hearing

January 13, 2024 – (Jason Unrau – True North) Witness intimidation accusation mires misconduct hearing for Ottawa cop who probed child deaths

January 12, 2024 – (Vlad Tepes Blog) A few words about the Helen Grus hearings in Ottawa

January 11, 2024 – (Robert Kraychik – Rebel News) Ottawa cop facing discipline tribunal warned not to cite police docs minutes before testifying 

January 11, 2024 – (Matthew Horwood – The Epoch Times) Chaos Erupts at Hearing of Ottawa Detective as Lawyers File Report Accusing Superior of Witness Intimidation

January 10-11, 2024 – (Vlad Tepes – RAIR Foundation) Exclusive Trial Update on Helen Grus: Canadian Police Target Own Detective for Daring to Question Role of ‘Covid Vaccines’ in Death of 9 Babies

January 10, 2024 – (Matthew Horwood – The Epoch Times) Lawyers Accuse Officer of Witness Tampering, Intimidation of Detective Who Looked Into COVID Vaccine, Child Deaths

For more, see the ‘Detective Grus Case’ tab at the top of my website.

Donald Best

January 24, 2024 – 1045am Eastern Time

Ottawa Police Tribunal Biased To The Core Against Detective Helen Grus

Natural Justice Denied: The Fix is In

Hearing Continues January 8, 2024

  • Detective Grus Not Allowed to See Her Own Handwritten Duty Book
  • Tribunal Refuses to Allow Expert Defense Witnesses
  • Tribunal Allows Prosecutor’s Conflict of Interest: Sister-in-Law is Prosecution Witness.
  • Tribunal Allows Dishonest Prosecution Strategy of Preventing Cross-Examinations

There is little doubt that “The Fix Is In” for the trial of Ottawa Police Detective Helen Grus – who is charged with Discreditable Conduct for conducting an alleged ‘unauthorized’ investigation into a potential connection between mothers’ mRNA injections and the deaths of breastfeeding infants in a cluster of nine infant deaths.

For many observers, the final straw occurred when Hearing Officer Chris Renwick refused to allow Grus to examine her own hand-written duty book for January 30, 2022.

The prosecution alleges that Detective Grus’s on-duty investigative phone call to the father of a deceased infant on January 30, 2022 was improper. Grus made notes that day in her Duty Memo Book – but the Tribunal refuses to allow the veteran Detective to see her own official notes she made on the very day that the prosecution alleges she committed an on-duty offense.

Please read the above paragraph again so you can fully comprehend the injustice and illegitimacy of process faced by Detective Grus and her defense lawyers.

Trials Officer Supt (Retired) Chris Renwick

While the Memo Book Decision is a prime example of the Hearing Officer’s bias and unfair conduct, it is only one of many biased and unfair decisions – major and minor – that Superintendent Renwick made during the initial ten days of the Grus disciplinary hearing. The hearing continues January 8, 2023.

Every day of the hearing so far has seen multiple instances where the Tribunal’s bias was so open that the public gallery often gasped or guffawed at the outrageousness of it all. Each day journalists and the public also witnessed institutional and personal biases that further stacked the deck against Detective Grus.

Natural Justice Denied

The principle of Natural Justice is a cornerstone of Canadian society. In short, Natural Justice means that a court has a duty to act fairly.

There are principles of Natural Justice that cannot be violated without bringing a legal process into disrepute. These principles include…

  • An unbiased court and decision maker.
  • Just and Fair procedures and rules, known and applied fairly.
  • The accused’s right to know the case against them.
  • The right to be heard, to be allowed to present an unobstructed defense, and to have access to information and evidence that might support a defense.
  • The right to cross-examine prosecution witnesses, and to not be unfairly obstructed.
  • The right to a decision and rationale for that decision.

To protect an accused’s fundamental right to a fair trial in our adversarial system of justice, both prosecution and defense must have equal footing. The court should not be biased in its decisions or in its application of court procedures.

In the Detective Grus trial, the hostile bias has been so open that the coming verdict is already evident to many observers – even before the defense rises to present its case on January 8, 2024.

Ontario Superior Court Denies Defense Motion – Refuses to Interfere Until Tribunal Finishes

I have obtained from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice certain public documents filed with the court by both Detective Grus’s defense lawyers and by the Ottawa Police Service lawyers.

To the extent that I can without violating bans on publishing names of involved families and other Identity Information, I will be publishing redacted copies of all publicly available court documents on my website at the Grus Case List.

Public observers and journalists await the continuation of the hearing on January 8, 2024 – for what promises to be the most biased and out-of-control legal procedure that most of us have ever seen.

Defense Counsel Bath-Sheba van den Berg

Defense lawyers had asked a Court for a Judicial Review and other relief, but as is the norm the Court refuses to interfere with a Tribunal that is in-progress. In short, the current outrageously-biased hearings will have to finish before Grus’s lawyers are allowed to take steps towards overturning the coming verdict that is now completely evident.

Here is a paragraph from a court document filed by defense on November 27, 2023…

“The disciplinary proceedings against the Applicant concerning one count of discreditable conduct have been riddled with procedural unfairness towards the Applicant from the outset. The Applicant has been subjected to constant and continuing denial of disclosure by both the Prosecutor and the Tribunal as well as partiality of the Tribunal, which has become apparent in a ruling made on November 26, 2023 with respect to the Applicant’s request for expert witnesses to support her defence.

This context is important because it sets the stage for understanding why this Judicial Review is not premature and should be allowed based on the exceptional circumstances of a breach of natural justice, apprehension of bias, and want of jurisdiction. Further, Christopher Renwick ought to remain as a respondent in the Judicial Review for the reason that his submissions will assist the Court in being fully informed.”

From November 27, 2023 defense submission: APPLICANT RESPONSE TO ‘FACTUM OF THE RESPONDENT/MOVING PARTY, CHIEF OF POLICE, OTTAWA POLICE SERVICE’

Future articles will publish extensive details of the Tribunal’s and Ottawa Police Service’s incredibly open bias against Detective Grus. The Tribunal’s open bias will undoubtedly form the foundation of an appeal that must be filed should Hearing Officer Renwick convict Detective Grus.

This week I’ll be bringing daily coverage of the continuation of the hearing where Detective Helen Grus is not allowed to effectively defend herself.

For now, I’ll leave you with this observation from the first ten days of hearings…

Hearing Officer Chris Renwick’s approval of Prosecutor Vanessa Stewart’s outrageous conflict of interest and weaponization of objections to protect her sister-in-law – a prosecution witness – brought the entire legal process and the Ottawa Police Service into disrepute.

Prosecutor Stewart continually interrupted the defense lawyers’ cross-examinations of prosecution witnesses – even objecting to questions before the defense even started to speak the question. This weaponization of objections was and is a purposeful strategy to deny Detective Grus’s right to cross-examine the witnesses against her.

During the first ten days of public hearings Stewart’s outrageous behaviour, theatrics, and visible contempt for defense lawyers – and occasionally even rudeness to the Hearing Officer -was unhindered. The transcripts I made from my recordings are unbelievable to anyone with any court experience.

Public observers and journalists await the continuation of the hearing on January 8, 2024 – for what promises to be the most biased and out-of-control legal procedure that most of us have ever seen.

Tom Marazzo – An Open Letter to Canadian Law Enforcement: The Crisis of Confidence

Canadian Police handcuff visibly pregnant mom behind the back for refusing to reveal her medical vaccination status while watching her son play hockey.

“If the trust between law enforcement and the public isn’t re-established soon, we will find ourselves in a society where the concept of policing by consent is a relic of the past”

Let’s have a real talk about a real issue that’s affecting our beautiful nation from St. John’s to Vancouver. I’m a part of a brave group of people—current and former EMS, military and police officers called Police On Guard For Thee, or POG for short.

We stand for the principles embedded in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. But what’s happening now in our nation is an affront to these principles.

“What do you do when the very institution that is designed to protect your freedom starts to erode it… When unchecked power becomes the gateway drug to corruption and government overreach?”

Make no mistake; this is not an isolated phenomenon. It’s widespread, and it’s terrifying. If our law enforcement officers can disregard the rule of law with zero repercussions, then what does that say about the state of justice in Canada? The POG Officers have seen this devolution and are vocal in their opposition to what they rightfully see as an abuse of power.

I pose a question to those in the ranks of our so-called “law enforcement”… If you disregard our Constitution, our Rule of Law, and our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, then why should any Canadian citizen continue to respect your authority?

It’s simple: they shouldn’t.

To the virtuous officers who have been on the side of justice, I say this: Your time to be silent is over. If you truly honor your oath to serve and protect, then you must become vocal in your opposition to the unions and the managers who allow this to continue. You see, the silence of the good is more damaging than the brutality of the bad.

It’s time for a reckoning. If the trust between law enforcement and the public isn’t re-established soon, we will find ourselves in a society where the concept of policing by consent is a relic of the past. This is a reference to the Peelian Principles, the foundational ethical guidelines for law enforcement that stress the importance of a mutually respectful and consensual relationship between the police and the public.

Canada, we are at a crossroads.

For the police who still hold a sense of duty and righteousness, the time is now. Take a stand, be heard, and act in a manner that reflects the principles upon which our great nation was built. We need you now, more than ever.

 

Guest Column by Tom Marazzo

Tom Marazzo was a volunteer for the Canadian Trucker Freedom Convoy 2022 and was integral in helping to coordinate truck movements and logistics, as well as negotiations with Police Liaison Teams from the city of Ottawa. A retired officer of the Canadian Army, his advice on how to safely and responsibly achieve the objectives of the Convoy was instrumental in the success of the Convoy which can be measured by the mandates removed in the province of Ontario. Tom acted as the main spokesperson, doing press conferences, almost daily, on behalf of the Freedom Convoy.

Witnessing Canadians losing their inalienable human rights is not something to ignore or abide by. Tom’s unwavering commitment to Canadians is the reason he’s written a highly person and detailed account of his life experiences leading up to, during and in the after math of the Freedom Convoy.

Tom’s Book – The People’s Emergency Act: Freedom Convoy 2022
 – Available on Amazon Now

Famed NYPD Detective Frank Serpico Slams Ottawa Police Cover-up In Grus Case

“Incompetence or criminality will go to any length not to be exposed even at the cost of innocent infant lives.

Legendary New York Police Detective and Medal of Honor recipient Frank Serpico has slammed the Ottawa Police Service for covering up an investigation into the potential connection between mRNA ‘vaccines’ and Sudden Infant Deaths.

Detective Serpico says this cover-up is proceeding even though it puts “innocent infant lives” at risk.

OPS Detective Helen Grus faces internal Police Act charges for conducting “unauthorized” investigations into the sudden deaths of nine infants – where she sought to know the vaccine status of the mothers in January, 2022.

Detective Serpico’s powerful comment highlights the ongoing Ottawa Police cover-up that is operating at several levels:

1. Detective Grus’s inquiries into potential connections between mRNA and nine Sudden Infant Deaths (SIDS) ended when she was suspended and charged for ‘unauthorized’ investigations. Her investigation was stopped cold and the cover-up began.

2. During the April 28, 2023 hearing, citizens and journalists heard confirmation that the original Ottawa Police investigations into the nine SIDS deaths were substandard – even shoddy – with incomplete reports and sloppy investigations. The original assigned detectives did not even consider the possibility that the mothers’ Covid vaccine status could impact the baby in the womb, or through breastfeeding. This, despite numerous studies (including CDC VAERS data) confirming injuries and deaths of breastfed infants.

3. The Ottawa Police refuse to release written decisions in the case made by the Trials Officer Superintendent (Retired) Chris Renwick. The OPS also refuses to release the motions made by the prosecution or defense counsel. In effect, a good portion of the trial is being conducted secretly and out of the public view and knowledge.

4. The Ottawa Police falsely informed the public and journalists that Trials Officer Renwick had not made a decision on a certain motion, when he had in fact made the decision some two months previously in January.

5. The Ottawa Police cancelled the ‘Teams’ internet broadcast of the Grus case – despite continuing to broadcast other disciplinary cases scheduled as far in the future as November 29, 2023. This limits the ability of citizens to view the Grus case, and limits the news media to only those journalists who are able to personally attend the hearing. This is a deliberate Ottawa Police strategy to limit transparency and media coverage.

Ottawa Police cancelled broadcast of Grus Trial – while continuing to broadcast others.

Detective Serpico had earlier praised the Ottawa Police for internet broadcasting the Grus hearings as a “breakthrough in police transparency” – but now suspects that a cover-up is in progress and says “innocent infant lives” are at risk due to the Ottawa Police failure to investigate the potential connection between mother’s vaccine status and the SIDS deaths of newborn and breastfeeding infants.

The only Ottawa Police Detective to properly investigate these infant deaths now faces charges for doing so.

Whether the Grus Trial is broadcast on the internet or not, the world will be watching this most important legal event.

Detective Frank Serpico testifies at the Knapp Commission into Police Corruption

New York Police Detective Frank Serpico

Retired NYPD Detective Frank Serpico rose to fame with his whistleblowing on widespread police corruption in 1970. His testimony before the Knapp Commission resulted many indictments against corrupt New York police officers. He also testified in court to convict corrupt police officers.

In 1971, Detective Serpico was shot in face during a drug raid that had the hallmarks of a set-up by corrupt cops as revenge for his testifying against fellow officers.

Contrary to public belief, Detective Serpico was not awarded the Medal of Honor for his anti-corruption work, but for bravery during a shootout where he was wounded, and then shot the man who attempted to murder him.

A best-selling biography by author Peter Maas (Serpico, The Valachi Papers, King of the Gypsies, Underboss) brought Serpico’s story of police corruption to the world. In 1973 actor Al Pacino – fresh off his success in The Godfather – played the role Serpico in the award-winning movie of the same name.

At 87 years of age, Frank Serpico continues his decades of activism – speaking out about civil liberties, police brutality and corruption.

Detective Serpico inspired an entire generation of young police officers to stand against corruption and was probably single-handedly responsible for the end of general ‘beat collections’ in New York City and throughout North America – including in Toronto, Canada where I was sworn as a Police Constable in 1975. (And yes, Toronto once had corrupt ‘beat collections’ from shop owners.)

NOTE: This article is available in French here.

Public Health Agency of Canada Personnel Influenced Ottawa Police Investigation and Charge against Detective Grus

Ottawa Police Detective Helen Grus is charged under the Police Services Act with ‘Discreditable Conduct’ for allegedly conducting “unauthorized” investigations into nine Sudden Infant Deaths where she sought to know the vaccine status of the mothers.

It can now be revealed that the Public Health Agency of Canada personnel and persons associated with PHAC – influenced and lobbied the Ottawa Police Service during the initial stages of the Detective Grus investigation and continued even after the officer had been charged.

The evidence includes public news media stories, public PHAC documents, and secretly (but legally) recorded phone calls with a senior PHAC manager, and a PHAC-published researcher.

This is also a sorrowful story that I wish I did not have to write – because two of the involved PHAC researchers are the mother and grandmother of one of the nine Sudden Infant Deaths that Detective Grus was investigating.

But justice requires the truth. Canadians (and Detective Grus) deserve to know the truth about the politically-motivated charge against a dedicated, diligent, and courageous police officer.

Canadians also deserve to know about the outside influences and lobbying that undoubtedly led to the Ottawa Police charging Detective Grus.

(This Article is Version #1.3 – See the Revision Table below for a record of additions or changes to the article. The article is published with placeholders in a few sections and will be updated at least once a day for the next two days. The writer is traveling under difficult circumstances and is publishing a work in progress so the main story can be known now.)

Rogue Ottawa Police Officers criminally provided confidential information to CBC journalist Shaamini Yogaretnam

Yogaretnam then actively interfered with the ongoing internal investigation.

Ottawa Police launched an internal investigation and suspended Detective Grus in early February 2022. (More extensive background and links to my Grus articles can be found here: Charge Against Ottawa Police Detective Helen Grus Falling Apart)

Shortly after Detective Grus was suspended in early February, 2022 – multiple rogue Ottawa Police officers criminally provided confidential information about the ongoing investigation to CBC journalist Shaamini Yogaretnam.

Before publishing the information provided by rogue police officers, the CBC presented an ultimatum to the Ottawa Police Service on Thursday, March 24, 2022 – that the police had only 24 hours to respond before CBC broke the story. (1)

The ultimatum also contained the inherent threat that if the police hadn’t yet contacted the parents of the nine SIDS babies – the parents would learn of the investigation through the CBC News.

With that ultimatum, the CBC effectively became the director of the internal investigation – forcing the police to throw out their investigative plan and dance to the CBC’s tune.

According to news articles, the CBC ultimatum caused Ottawa Police to hurriedly contact the involved parents late on a Friday – totally upsetting the investigative plan and timeline that was undoubtedly in place. (4)

Yogaretnam and CBC knew that publishing confidential information would cause chaos with the internal investigation that was still in an early stage – but they made the ultimatum and published anyway.

The rogue Ottawa Police officers who illegally provided confidential information to Yogaretnam undoubtedly also knew and intended that their actions would cause chaos in the internal investigation. The Criminal Code Section 129 calls that ‘Obstruct Police’.

It will be interesting to learn how much effort the Ottawa Police put into investigating the rogue officers for their crimes. Presumably their identities were not discovered or we probably would have heard by now… unless, of course, the rogue officers are being protected.

No Allegation or Evidence of a Grus cover-up by Ottawa Police – Quite the Opposite

There was and is no allegation by CBC or their rogue police sources that the Ottawa Police Professional Standards Unit engaged in a cover-up of the Detective Grus case.

In fact, the evidence clearly shows that upon receiving what appears to have been an internal complaint from an officer(s) who worked with Detective Grus, the Ottawa Police immediately launched an investigation and suspended Grus. (5)

The immediate suspension proves that the complaint was taken seriously.

From my own experience as a Toronto Police Sergeant Detective, I know that the Grus case was complex – requiring a formal investigative plan and an extended timeline to conduct a reasonably detailed investigation.

First there would have been an immediate operation to seize any evidence that might be vulnerable to change or loss. This would probably include documentation and forensic examinations of computer systems or paper files that held the information Detective Grus is alleged to have accessed.

There would be examination of and probably seizure of any computers, phones, or notebooks used by Detective Grus. Her desk and personal locker would have been searched for evidence.

Call records of the Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit office phones and perhaps Grus’ personal cell phone would have been ordered. If she had been issued an OPS mobile phone, those records would be ordered, and the phone would be seized and forensically examined.

The seizure of evidence would continue throughout the investigation, but the initial flurry of activity to determine what could possibly be evidence and secure it would take at least a month of full-time work if done properly.

Then there would be interviews of all Ottawa Police witnesses and potential witnesses. Certainly each member of the Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit would be interviewed, but there would be other police personnel interviewed as well.

Perhaps the alleged inquiries by Detective Grus were not all made by computer or in the paper files. Perhaps she made phone calls to enlist aid from the civilian members who maintain the records. Perhaps she contacted or met with other officers who attended the initial police 911 responses to the nine sudden infant deaths.

All these people would first have to be identified and then interviewed.

And then there are the Coroner(s) and staff members. It is alleged by the rogue police quoted in the CBC articles that Detective Grus contacted the coroner or coroners associated with each child’s death. Each of these people would have to be identified and then interviewed. Any documents obtained by Grus would have to be identified and copies obtained.

Was Detective Grus interviewed or did she make a statement during the investigation? As I recall, we don’t know that detail from the news articles or the hearings that were broadcast after she was charged. (If anyone recalls something different, please leave a comment with the information.)

The Grus Internal Investigation began during Freedom Convoy

The above is probably two or three months of work by Professional Standards investigators, but considering that this happened during the Ottawa Freedom Convoy, it is reasonable that some extra time would have been required.

Only after all that knowledge foundation was complete would the investigators interview the parents of the nine Sudden Infant Deaths that Grus had investigated. Those interviews (whether personal or calls) were probably meant to be well planned and perhaps pre-booked in advance to occur all on the same day so that no parent would hear of the investigation from the news media or outside the Professional Standards Unit.

So on March 24, 2022 when the CBC and journalist Shaamini Yogaretnam interfered with the investigation and issued an ultimatum to the Ottawa Police – the Grus investigation was proceeding normally and properly according to the plan and timetable that Professional Standards created at the start.

CBC and Yogaretnam knew that the investigation was proceeding normally.

Nonetheless, using information illegally obtained from rogue Ottawa Police officers, the CBC and Shaamini Yogaretnam deliberately interfered with, influenced, and even directed the Professional Standards investigation by issuing their ultimatum.

Undeniably, the CBC’s ultimatum to the Ottawa Police profoundly and irrevocably changed the investigation. The ultimatum was also the start of a CBC campaign to vilify Detective Grus and foment public outrage against her. The campaign undoubtedly led to the charge against Detective Grus.

More on the CBC campaign of outrage later.

CBC Grus Story Breaks – Victimizing the Parents of the Deceased Infants

CBC Reporter Shaamini Yogaretnam

The CBC broke Shaamini Yogaretnam’s Grus story at 4am Monday, March 28, 2022 with an article on the CBC website. (2)

Both in her article and during her March 28, 2022 CBC Radio appearance, Yogaretnam admitted that she had multiple sources within the Ottawa Police. During the interview on ‘Ottawa Morning’, she even provided the sources’ motivation for illegally providing her with the confidential information. (3)

Yogaretnam said of her rogue police sources…

“But I did hear from sources. You know, the the unit in which Grus works is, is widely known to have some of the most sensitive detectives on the force. They deal with sexual assault and child abuse victims. You know, these are challenging emotion and trauma-heavy cases. I have no doubt that sources were motivated to speak about this because it’s, you know, to their mind, a further victimization of who are innocent people who are having the worst time in their lives, that it strikes really at the heart of what police are supposed to do.

You know, it’s a it’s a difficult subject to talk about, especially on the radio, but every single police officer has that 911 call that they attended on patrol to find an unresponsive baby and inconsolable parents. That’s not an exaggeration. They are the most vulnerable of victims and and force-wide they are treated that way.”

CBC Hypocrisy & Crocodile Tears.

If anyone is to blame for any ‘further victimization’ of parents who lost a child, it is the CBC, journalist Shammini Yogaretnam, and her rogue Ottawa Police personnel.

Detective Helen Grus had nothing to do with the contrived public spectacle and deliberately manufactured outrage fomented by the the CBC.

Detective Grus did not criminally and maliciously release confidential police information into the public domain: her corrupt police colleagues and the CBC did that.

Yogaretnam, the CBC, and their rogue police sources ALL KNEW that the OPS Grus investigation was proceeding normally and properly. They knew there was no cover-up.

Therefore their motivations had nothing to do with whistleblowing, protecting the public interest, or ensuring an unbiased and professional investigation of the allegations against Detective Helen Grus.

Yagaretnam and the CBC wanted to break a big story so badly that they didn’t care if it hurt the poor parents who lost a child, or interfered with and influenced the ongoing OPS Professional Standards investigation.

Given all the circumstances and the stories published by the CBC, I have no doubt that it was the CBC’s and Yagaretnam’s intent to foment public outrage against Detective Grus – to influence the OPS internal investigation and to pressure the Ottawa Police to charge the officer.

Further, the CBC is dependent upon over a billion dollars in government funding, plus hundreds of millions in advertising revenues from various levels of government and government-funded organizations and businesses.

The governments and businesses that provide funding and advertising revenues to the CBC are pro-vaccine. The CBC is pro-vaccine – having mandated the mRNA shots for their employees (although now suspended). CBC counts Big Pharma companies like Pfizer among its advertisers.

The CBC’s well documented promotion of government vaccine mandate policy was another motivation for the CBC publish the Grus story without regard for the ‘further victimization’ of the poor parents who lost a child.

The CBC and Yagaretnam were, and are, so obviously agenda-driven and intensely biased against Detective Grus. More on this later.

Public Health Agency of Canada Involved

On September 15, 2022, I watched the Detective Helen Grus Hearing as broadcast by the Ottawa Police on Microsoft Teams.

Also watching the hearing was a Dr. Margaret De Groh of the Public Health Agency of Canada (‘PHAC’) – whose name and agency were prominently displayed on her PHAC Teams account.

The fact that the Public Health Agency of Canada was monitoring the Grus hearing and watched the entire session was visible to everyone – including Trials Officer Superintendent Chris Renwick, the prosecutor, and the Professional Standards investigators who laid the charge.

Dr. De Groh’s PHAC account appeared close to the top of the public attendees shown onscreen. At the start of the hearing Trials Officer Renwick commented that he could see “quite a few guests and members of the public” watching the hearing. He explained that journalists were allowed to record the proceedings for their own notes but were not allowed to broadcast the recordings.

(Superintendent Renwick did not explain the difference between “guests” and “members of the public” – but as mentioned later in this article, there is evidence that the OPS Professional Standards Unit and Dr. De Groh’s daughter, Sarah DelVillano, had communications about the Detective Grus case and the severity of the penalty that OPS should suggest to the court. I have no doubt that Ottawa Police Service would have records of these communications.)

Senior PHAC Scientific Manager: Dr. Margaret De Groh

National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) Connection

A basic Internet search revealed that Dr. De Groh is the Scientific Manager / PHAC Analysis Section, and is also associated with the PHAC ‘Centre for Surveillance and Applied Research’. She is a senior PHAC official and is apparently well respected. She has published over a hundred scientific / medical research reports – many with other senior researchers and analysts at PHAC as well as university researchers. Many of Dr. De Groh’s recent reports are about COVID and its societal impact.

I also discovered that personnel from the Public Health Agency of Canada are an integral part of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) – a government-funded organization providing guidance to the Federal Government of Canada on the use of vaccines.

PHAC organizational charts support the observation that Dr. De Groh is in the chain that works with, or communicates with, members of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization – and that her work is among the body of PHAC research considered by NACI.

The NACI recommendations were critical in the Trudeau government’s declaration of mandatory vaccination as a requirement for employment, travel, etc.

NACI also made the December 12, 2020 recommendation that (with consideration):

“… COVID-19 vaccine may be offered to individuals in the following populations:

Immunosuppressed due to disease or treatment or suffering from autoimmune disorder

Pregnant or breastfeeding

Adolescents 12 to 15 years of age”

Phone Call with PHAC Senior Official Dr. Margaret De Groh

Naturally I was curious when I saw that a senior and influential official from the Public Health Agency of Canada was following the Detective Grus Hearing – a case were an experienced police detective is charged for investigating the possibility that nine Sudden Infant Deaths were related to Covid vaccines and / or vaccinated breast-feeding mothers.

On October 12, 2022 journalist Matthew Horwood of the Western Standard published an article reporting that senior PHAC official Dr. Margaret De Groh was following the Grus Case. (Detective facing charge for link between infant deaths and COVID-19 vaccines ordered back to work)

The Western Standard article reported some of my research and analysis – but neither Matthew nor I knew at the time that Dr. De Groh’s infant granddaughter was one of the nine Sudden Infant Deaths investigated by Detective Grus.

Dr. De Groh’s daughter Sarah DelVillano (who is also a PHAC-published researcher) was one of the poor parents who lost a child.

All became known when on the afternoon of October 12, 2022 at 14:16hours, I called Dr. Margaret De Groh at her published work phone number.

The certified transcript appears later in this article along with a redacted voice recording of the call – with the exception of her phone number that I redacted. The call is summarized here:

  • Doctor De Groh answered the phone and identified herself by name.
  • I informed Dr. De Groh that I was a journalist writing an article for the Western Standard, and that I wanted to talk about her work.
  • She said she couldn’t talk without going through PHAC Media Relations, but she agreed to hear what I wanted to talk about.
  • I said “I have some information that you and the Public Health Agency of Canada have been closely following the trial of Ottawa Police Detective Helen Grus. And, in fact, you met with officials of the Ottawa Police Service about this…”
  • Dr. De Groh denied meeting with the Ottawa Police Service and said that her interest in the case was “a personal matter”.
  • When she declined to provide any further information, I said I respected that and appreciated that she talked with me. We said our good-byes respectfully and professionally.

Lawyer Sarah DelVillano Calls Donald Best – October 12, 2022 14:23 hours

Only a few minutes after my call with Doctor De Groh, I received a call from a very angry Sarah DelVillano. She did not provide her name, however it was displayed on my mobile phone as:

SARAH DELVILLANO
1 (613) (phone number redacted)
Ottawa, Ontario

I did not know anything about Sarah DelVillano at the time of the call, including that she was an law student with the Ottawa law firm of Durant Barristers.

DelVillano informed me later in our conversation that she was recording the call. I acknowledged her statement and told her to go ahead. I did not tell her that I was also recording the call.

The certified transcript appears later in this article along with a redacted voice recording of the call – with the exception of her phone number that I redacted.

Ms. DelVillano first informed me that Dr. De Groh was her mother and that I was to never call her again. She said:

“We’re in the process of seeking legal counsel to, um, deal with Helen Grus. And if you contact my family ever again, you will be also involved in legal proceedings. Do you understand me, Mr. Best?”

I asked who she was and she said:

“I am one of the mothers that was attacked, was targeted by Detective Helen Grus.”

… and again threatened to make me a party to the proceeding against Detective Grus.

I informed Ms. DelVillano that I was a journalist doing my job, and offered my sympathy as any good person would, but she angrily called me “corrupt”:

“But you also need to understand that this witch hunt that you’re going on to think that everybody’s attacking Detective Helen Grus.

Detective Helen Grus is someone similar to you, who is a corrupt police officer who’s trying to find a name in the alternate right-wing media.”

Ms. DelVillano said that it was “re-traumatizing” every time that Detective Grus “came out” about her daughter’s death.

I did not argue or contradict her, but in fact Detective Grus and her lawyer have never spoken about the case. Journalists from the CBC, Rebel News, Western Standard, Epoch Times, Toronto Sun, Ottawa Citizen, and other news media confirmed to me that they have attempted to speak with Detective Grus and her lawyer without success.

When DelVillano stated that her daughter’s death had “nothing to do with COVID vaccine”, I asked if she (Sarah DelVillano) had been vaccinated. After some back and forth evident in the transcript, she admitted that she had been vaccinated, and stated that her daughter had died “before anything to do with the vaccine was even a thing.” (More on this later)

I again expressed my sympathies, but as you will read in the transcript Ms. DelVillano rebuffed my words and stated that my coverage of the Detective Grus case “re-victimize(s) me and the other families that are involved in this process.”

The she again threatened me:

“So you have identified yourself and I have told you what is going to happen if you contact me or my family ever again. And if I find I find that you publish something on your stupid website about this phone call. I will personally make sure that it comes down. Do you understand me?”

And ended the call by saying that Detective Grus is evil:

“So I’m getting really upset now. And now it’s gonna take me days to get over this phone call. Because every time I have to deal with this I have to think about my dead baby. Stop this witch hunt. Detective Helen Grus is evil. Period.”

After demanding that I never speak to her mother and her again, later that evening DelVillano called me twice just after 8:30pm. I did not answer the phone, but again took a screenshot of the call information.

Sarah DelVillano was upset – even on the edge as is evident in the recording – and I felt and still feel very sorry for her. As someone who has lost a child myself, how could I (or anyone) not be genuinely sympathetic to a mother in distress?

But there is another side of the story that must be told. I didn’t know anything about Sarah DelVillano when she called me – but I do now.

 

Justice requires the truth. Canadians (and Detective Grus) deserve to know the truth about the politically-motivated charge against a dedicated, diligent, and courageous police officer.

Canadians also deserve to know about the outside influences and lobbying that undoubtedly led to the Ottawa Police charging Detective Grus.

Lawyer Sarah DelVillano – Actively Targeting Ottawa Police Detective Helen Grus

This is the story of how Ottawa Lawyer Sarah DelVillano has from the beginning, been very much part of the outside influences and lobbying against Detective Grus – and how (so far) she has been successful in lobbying and influencing the Ottawa Police without having to reveal identity and her actions to the public.

DelVillano is a very public person on her social media accounts. For years she has openly shared her employment, interests, and personal life for all to see. In researching this article, I have collected her social media posts going back a few years.

I think that she is someone to be admired in many areas of her life. For years DelVillano worked “on the front line” as she put it to me during our talk – referring to her employment with various organizations looking after drug addicts and the poorest of society on the streets of Toronto and Ottawa.

She put herself through law school while working and raising children – and fully credits her ‘stay-at-home’ husband without whom she says she would not have been able to achieve what she has.

Memorial to Hazel Wray – from Sarah DelVillano’s public Twitter account.

Tragedy – A Lost Daughter

As documented on DelVillano’s social media, she lost her one year old daughter, Hazel Wray, in a Sudden Infant Death at her Ottawa home on June 26, 2021. Hazel was one of two children and is prominently remembered on DelVillano’s twitter feed – including a photo of DelVillano at her law school graduation holding Hazel’s sister Abigail and a stuffed Elephant with ‘Hazel Wray’ embroidered on the ear.

In July 2021, DelVillano publicly shared that although meningitis was initially suspected as the cause of Hazel’s death, a Winnipeg medical lab confirmed that no meningitis was detected. DelVillano wrote: “Back to square one and the agonizing pain of not knowing why our baby left us so soon.”

DelVillano’s Campaign Against Detective Helen Grus

On March 31, 2022, the CBC published Shaamini Yogaretnam’s article ‘Grieving mother not told nature of misconduct in probe of baby’s death: lawyer’

In the article, journalist Yogaretnam called Detective Helen Grus “an anti-vaccine Ottawa police detective going rogue” – an incredibly biased declaration by the CBC that shows the agenda and purpose behind the article.

The subject of the article is the unnamed mother of one of the sudden infant deaths investigated by Detective Grus – and how the grieving mother was “re-traumatized” because Detective Grus looked into her daughter’s “still open sudden death investigation of her infant” who died in 2021 at one-year old.

“Re-traumatizing” is also the term and theme in DelVillano’s conversation with me.

The lawyer giving the interview is Sarah DelVillano’s employer Erin Durant of Durant Barristers.

I think we can put the pieces together here and acknowledge that Erin Durant’s anonymous client is Sarah DelVillano.

Lawyer Durant also made it clear that “her client is considering what her legal rights and remedies are in the case.”

This is a threat that DelVillano is considering suing Detective Grus and the Ottawa Police (as she told me in the call)… but if she’s going to sue, she should probably include the CBC, journalist Shaamini Yogaretnam, and the rogue Ottawa Police who illegally provided confidential information that led to DelVillano’s “re-traumatization”.

In the article, journalist Yogaretnam called Detective Helen Grus “an anti-vaccine Ottawa police detective going rogue” – an incredibly biased declaration by the CBC that shows the agenda and purpose behind the article.,..

The lawyer for a woman whose child’s death investigation was allegedly breached by an anti-vaccine Ottawa police detective going rogue says police only notified the grieving mother of a “vague privacy breach” on Friday afternoon.

No bias there!

It is interesting to note that not one of the other SIDS parents has surfaced in the media.

I speculate – based on my experience as a police officer investigating many family tragedies – that the vast majority of SIDS parents would not be upset by Detective Grus’ investigation of their child’s death. Rather, they would appreciate that a dedicated police officer cared enough about their child to find answers and the truth – whatever that truth might be.

DelVillano’s Anti-Grus Campaign

Sometime after the ‘re-traumatization’ article on March 31, 2022, it appears that Sarah DelVillano or her lawyer contacted the Ottawa Police to submit a ‘Victim Impact’ statement which was apparently refused. An August 17, 2022 Ottawa Citizen article by Matthew Lapierre quotes an anonymous DelVillano. The article again calls Detective Grus a ‘rogue’ police officer:

The woman is also questioning why she, as a victim who has suffered directly as a result of Grus’ alleged actions, isn’t being further included in the disciplinary process.

“How can they have this disciplinary process without assessing what impact this has had on victims and the people affected by it?” she asked. “We seem to be just an annoyance to them. If they would have had it their way, this all would have gone on without our knowledge, based on what I can observe.”

Ottawa Citizen, August 17, 2022 Bereaved mother outraged by support for Ottawa police detective charged with misconduct for alleged rogue investigation into vaccines.

It is interesting that Shaamini Yogaretnam and the CBC did not publish a similar article in August 2022 after Detective Grus appeared for her initial internal hearing. Perhaps DelVillano first approached Yogaretnam with her ‘quotes’ but for some reason the CBC was no longer interested?

The CBC has not covered the Detective Grus case since the March 31, 2022 article. Do Yogaretnam and the CBC regret they stepped way over the line that divides ‘Reporting’ from ‘Creating the News’?

I did not make the connection at the time because I had no idea who DelVillano was, but after the Grus August hearing she began to appear on my twitter feed making anti-Grus comments in response to some of my articles and tweets about the case. DelVillano did not identify herself as an involved person or a lawyer.

In one tweet, DelVillano stated:

“Helen Grus is yet another candidate for the crooked cop to extremist politician pipeline that you know so well.”

In relation to the upcoming September hearing, DelVillano stated that she had been talking with Ottawa Police Professional Standards Unit about the broadcasting of the hearing. It is also of note that some of the organizations that DelVillano works with – such as Ottawa Inner City Health – partner with the Ottawa Police Service.

Even after calling me on October 12, 2022 and prohibiting me from communicating with her, DelVillano continued to post comments on my Twitter feed. I didn’t reply to them, but found it strange that she would order me to not communicate with her, and then attempt to initiate communications with me on social media.

In 2023, DelVillano continued to be active on social media about the Grus case. At one point she tweeted to me, the Ottawa Police, and a few other readers saying that (we) should read the August 17, 2022 Ottawa Citizen article ‘Bereaved mother outraged by support for Ottawa police detective charged with misconduct for alleged rogue investigation into vaccines.’

This was in response to my article detailing research showing vaccine harms to breastfeeding Infants: ‘Detective Helen Grus proven Correct to Suspect Vaccine Harm to Breastfeeding Infants.’

 

Conflicts of Interest – Breastfeeding, Vaccines, and Infant Deaths and Injuries

Humans are complex creatures – physically, mentally, and emotionally. Long ago I learned that knowing what truly motivates a person’s actions is often impossible. In many cases, people can’t even identify their own motivations for what they do. We’ve often heard from others, and perhaps even thought ourselves on occasion: “I don’t know why I did that.”

So I am unable to know Sarah DelVillano’s motivations for targeting Detective Grus, or why she thinks that she speaks for all the parents of the nine SIDS infants that Detective Grus looked into. Certainly if other parents felt the same way as DelVillano, they could have – and probably would have – come forward anonymously as she did.

I believe, however, that there is a good chance that the other parents appreciate that Detective Grus was diligently doing her job, and that as with all police officers, she has the authority and independence to launch any investigation as she sees fit. That right and duty comes with the badge.

But none of those other parents are in the situation that Sarah DelVillano and her mother Dr. Margaret De Groh find themselves in…

  • We know from DelVillano’s postings and photos on public social media that she breastfeeds her babies.
  • We know that DelVillano was / is COVID vaccinated.
  • We know that her mother is deeply involved with the Public Health Agency of Canada research and policies that supported and / or caused the government’s vaccine mandates and messaging that the vaccine was ‘safe and effective’ – even for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.
  • We know that Sarah DelVillano herself has had research published by the Public Health Agency of Canada and that she collaborated with other PHAC personnel as well as her mother.
  • We know that DelVillano read my article detailing research showing that mRNA vaccines are found in breastmilk and that Official CDC VAERS data confirms serious side effects and deaths of breastfed infants whose mothers received the COVID-19 vaccine.

That is a complex scenario that might involve doubts, cross-loyalties, and personal denial that the vaccine could have had anything to do with baby Hazel’s unexplained Sudden Infant Death.

Yes, I feel deeply sorry for both Sarah DelVillano and her mother Dr. Margaret De Groh.

I also believe that the truth needs to be told of how Shaamini Yogaretnam and the CBC used DelVillano for a quick hit against Detective Helen Grus and then tossed her aside.

 

Rogue Ottawa Police – Motivation for Their Criminal Acts

(Section to be posted soon)

 

CBC’s Bias: Pro-Vaccine and Against Detective Grus

“… an anti-vaccine Ottawa police detective going rogue.”

(Section to be posted soon)

 

STORY NOTES:

(1) See CBC News article Grieving mother not told nature of misconduct in probe of baby’s death: lawyer

“CBC News went to the service for comment on the allegations against Grus on March 24 and gave Ottawa police a next-day deadline.

One of those questions was whether police had notified all of the families in the cases that were allegedly accessed by Grus.”

(2)

(3) See full transcript of the March 28, 2022 CBC Radio Yogaretnam interview in the transcript section of this article.

Selected Quotes from the Transcript

Robyn Bresnahan (‘Hallie’?) 02:19

You keep on saying allegedly that this this story came about from sources. Why were the sources willing to speak out about this, do you think?

Shaamini Yogaretnam 02:30

Yeah, I keep saying allegedly because you know, these are allegations. No charges have yet been laid against her. But I did hear from sources. You know, the the unit in which Grus works is, is widely known to have some of the most sensitive detectives on the force. They deal with sexual assault and child abuse victims. You know, these are challenging emotion and trauma-heavy cases. I have no doubt that sources were motivated to speak about this because it’s, you know, to their mind, a further victimization of who are innocent people who are having the worst time in their lives, that it strikes really at the heart of what police are supposed to do. You know, it’s a it’s a difficult subject to talk about, especially on the radio, but every single police officer has that 911 call that they attended on patrol to find an unresponsive baby and inconsolable parents. That’s not an exaggeration. They are the most vulnerable of victims and and force-wide they are treated that way.

(4)

(5) During her the March 28, 2022 CBC Radio interview, Yogaretnam implies that her rogue police sources were from the Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit. I am assuming that the original internal complaint against Grus would have the same origin.

 

Revision Table of Changes to this Article

1.0 – Published April 27, 2023 – 23:00hrs, Toronto time

1.1 – Published April 28, 2023 – 13:10hrs, Toronto time

(Corrected some paragraph line breaks. Corrected date of CBC article from March 30, 2022 to March 31, 2022. Formatted some text from plain to bold and / or italics. No words were changed. Added photo of CBC Reporter Shaamini Yogaretnam)

1.2 – Published April 28, 2012 – 15:05hrs, Toronto time

(Adds Audio Recordings for the October 12, 2022 De Groh and DelVillano phone calls, as well as the March 28, 2022 CBC Radio interview of Yogaretnam)

1.3 – Published May 5, 2023 – 10:57hrs, Toronto time

(Adds ‘Read More’ tag before verbatim transcripts)

 

Transcripts & Recordings

October 12, 2022 – Donald Best calls PHAC Dr. Margaret De Groh – REDACTED

October 12, 2022 – Sarah DelVillano calls Donald Best – REDACTED

March 28, 2022 – CBC Radio Interview of Journalist Shaamini Yogaretnam

 

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Ottawa Police Conceal Legal Motions in Detective Grus Case – Sudden Infant Deaths

A Legal Process Reduced to Controlled Theatre…

Ottawa Police refuse to provide journalists with the written legal motions filed in the trial of Detective Helen Grus.

Detective Grus faces an internal Police Services Act charge of ‘Discreditable Conduct’ for allegedly conducting “unauthorized” investigations into nine Sudden Infant Deaths – where she sought to know the vaccine status of the mothers.

Ottawa Police (‘OPS’) launched an internal investigation and suspended Detective Grus in early February 2022. Grus was formally charged on July 26, 2022, and the case has been before the internal Trials Officer on several dates since then.

Grus Legal Team Alleges ‘Incomplete Disclosure By Prosecutor’

Grus Lawyer: Bath-Sheba van den Berg

At the last public video-hearing on December 6, 2022, Canadians learned of a dispute concerning the prosecution’s evidence disclosure. Defence lawyer Bath-Sheba Van den Berg was to file a written motion by December 29, 2022 to demand additional disclosure. The prosecution would then be able to reply in writing.

Trials Officer (retired) Superintendent Chris Renwick stated he would issue a decision about disclosure early in January. That decision date still appears on the Ottawa Police website – informing that the ruling will be delivered during the first week of January.

It is now the first week of February and the Trials Officer has not made a ruling in the disclosure motion. A few days ago I wrote to Ottawa Police Media Relations and requested a copy of the December 29, 2022 Grus Defence disclosure motion. OPS replied that they would not provide any written motions in the case…

“We have explored your request and have been advised by the Legal Section that written Motion materials are not available for release.

The public can access the Police Services Act Hearing Officer’s written decision, once rendered (posted at https://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/news-and-updates/Disciplinary_Hearings_and_Decisions.aspx)”

Motions Filed in Real Courts are Public

Most legal motions filed in real Canadian courts are public – to ensure transparency and promote public confidence in the legal process.

In some prosecutions or civil cases where there are concerns about confidential information, privacy, Identity Information, juveniles, proprietary business data, and other recognized exceptions – the information at issue is usually redacted before public release.

Seldom is an entire motion sealed and kept from the public, but when that happens it is as a result of an application and a court ruling that is publicly declared.

Motions are not just arbitrarily withheld from the public by the prosecution or a court clerk… but that’s what is happening in the Grus case.

“In the Grus case, Ottawa Police have chosen to arbitrarily and without explanation, conceal filed legal motions from the public and the news media.”

Ottawa Police prosecutors know that they can get away with hiding legal motions from the public because it would take a legal motion by interested news media to force transparency – which would be prohibitively expensive.

What are Ottawa Police Hiding? What’s in the Defence Motion?

As I reported in my October 11, 2022 article Detective Helen Grus Proven Correct To Suspect Vaccine Harm To Breastfeeding Infants’…

“Detective Grus has been fully vindicated by the release of data from the US Centers for Disease Control (‘CDC’) and Food and Drug Administration (‘FDA’) that confirmed serious side effects and deaths of breastfed infants whose mothers received the COVID-19 vaccine.”

And…

“Evidence exists and is in the author’s possession that the case against Detective Helen Grus was an engineered politically-motivated ‘set-up’ by persons within the Ottawa Police Service who had detailed and specific knowledge of the internal investigation into Detective Grus.”

I speculate that the hidden Grus motion asked for disclosure showing if the Ottawa Police ‘Lead Detectives’ in the nine SIDS deaths investigated whether the mothers’ mRNA vaccine status was a potential factor in the infant deaths.

I speculate that the hidden Grus motion asked for disclosure about the internal leaks to CBC journalist Shaamini Yogaretnam by multiple rogue Ottawa Police personnel.

The answers to just these two questions alone would embarrass the Ottawa Police and undermine the allegations against Detective Grus – so naturally the OPS doesn’t want the public to know.

But embarrassment is no justification for arbitrarily concealing legal motions from the news media and public. Withholding evidence that Grus was diligent, correct, and acted in good faith is not a valid reason to conceal legal documents from the news media and public.

Canadians want to know:

Did the Ottawa Police ‘Lead Detectives’ Properly Investigate the Nine Sudden Infant Deaths?

Were any of the mothers vaccinated and breastfeeding their baby?

The charge sheet alleges Detective Grus…

“On or about January 30th, 2022, you interfered in an investigation of an infant death, without the lead detective’s knowledge or authorization, by contacting the father of the deceased baby to inquire about the COVID vaccination status of the mother.“

In consideration of the tsunami of reports and research that brings the safety of the mRNA gene therapy injections into question for mothers, babies in the womb, and for breastfeeding infants – Canadians want to know if the Ottawa Police ‘lead detective(s)’ included the Covid mRNA vaccines as a potential factor in their SIDS investigations.

If the Ottawa Police SIDS Lead Detectives did not take the vaccine into consideration as a potential cause – then the investigations are incomplete, and perhaps even shoddy or biased. If that is the case, then the Ottawa Police should properly re-investigate each of the nine cases.

As well, the Professional Standards Unit should investigate the Lead Detective(s) to determine the reason for the sub-standard investigations, omissions or incompetence, and determine if charges or retraining are warranted.

Project Veritas, Pfizer Director Jordon Walker, and the Ottawa Police

On January 25, 2023 Project Veritas started releasing a series of undercover videos where Pfizer Executive Jordon Triton Walker confesses that his company is mutating Covid viruses so as to be able to profit from the sale of new mRNA vaccines that will be offered as solutions for the new viruses Pfizer creates and releases.

In a second undercover video released February 2, 2023 Walker confesses that the Pfizer vaccines are interfering with menstrual cycles and “has to be affecting something hormonal to impact menstrual cycles.” More video releases are on the way.

Walker’s confession is, in my opinion, prima facie evidence of criminal acts by Pfizer and associated personnel in Canada.

Ottawa Police have a serious Conflict of Interest over COVID Vaccine

The Ottawa Police Service mandated experimental Covid mRNA injections for all employees, 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 if evidence in the Detective Grus trial revealed that the mandatory mRNA vaccine injections cause injuries or deaths…

…and that is an actual and serious (not just ‘potential’ or ‘apparent’) Conflict of Interest.

The fact that the Ottawa Police Service charged Detective Grus for investigating whether the mRNA vaccines might have been a factor in Sudden Infant Deaths – means that any finding of guilt will be as political as the investigation and charge against Detective Grus.

Four Key Reasons Why the Ottawa Police Must Drop the Charges against Detective Grus

1/ Detective Grus was under no orders to not initiate the investigation or to cease the investigation. Her badge and sworn office provides Grus with the authority and duty to initiate independent investigations without permission and without notifying other officers.

2/ Enough medical evidence exists to justify Detective Grus’ professional investigative concerns that there is a potential connection between the mRNA Covid ‘vaccine’ status of the mothers and the sudden deaths of the nine infants.

Detective Grus therefore acted diligently and responsibly in her investigations. Her professionalism should have been admired and rewarded – yet for reasons that need to be explained by the Ottawa Police, Grus was suspended, charged with ‘Discreditable Conduct’, and notified that she would be fired if found guilty.

3/ Detective Grus exposed a series of at least nine substandard and potentially biased Sudden Infant Death investigations by other Ottawa Police personnel.

4/ Evidence exists and is in the author’s possession that the case against Detective Helen Grus is an engineered politically-motivated ‘set-up’ by persons within the Ottawa Police Service who had detailed and specific knowledge of the internal investigation into Detective Grus. (*To be revealed in a future article.)

 

Background: Charges against Ottawa Police Detective Helen Grus

Some of our previous articles for a quick background on the Helen Grus case…

August 23, 2022 – Worldwide Interest in Ottawa Police Detective’s Sudden Infant Death Investigations

August 25, 2022 – Barry Bussey Interviews Donald Best about Ottawa Police Detecitive Helen Grus

September 15, 2022 – Famed NYPD Detective Frank Serpico: Helen Grus Case “Breakthough in Police Transparency”

October 11, 2022 – Detective Helen Grus Proven Correct to Suspect Vaccine Harm to Breastfeeding Infants. Will Ottawa Police Drop the Misconduct Charge?

October 11, 2022 – Detective Helen Grus Ordered Back to Work. Hearing Adjourned to December 6, 2022

December 6, 2022 – Ottawa Police Detective Charged With ‘Unauthorized’ Sudden Infant Death Investigations To Appear In Court Today

Ottawa Police Detective Charged With ‘Unauthorized’ Sudden Infant Death Investigations to appear in Court Today: Dec 6, 2022

Ottawa Police Detective Helen Grus faces internal Police Act charges for conducting “unauthorized” investigations into the sudden deaths of nine infants – where she sought to know the vaccine status of the mothers.

Next Online Hearing Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2022 – 10am (Ottawa time).

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Expecting Fireworks at Ottawa Police Detective Helen Grus Hearing

The December 6, 2022 10am appearance is supposed to be a quick ‘set-date hearing’ to schedule a trial date for Ottawa Police Detective Helen Grus.

That said, there were indications on the last appearance on October 11, 2022 that the defense is waiting for disclosure of various evidence and that the prosecution had failed to deliver on time.

The public wasn’t told if there was a dispute as to the evidence to be disclosed or whether it was a simple delay due to workload.

Now we’ve learned from an anonymous but apparently high-ranking source at the Ottawa Police that there is an internal dispute and reluctance by some in Ottawa Police management to turn over specific disclosure evidence to the Grus legal team.

This same source accurately alerted us weeks in advance last September that Detective Grus would soon be un-suspended and ordered back to work.

So despite being a usually-boring ‘Set Date Hearing’ – today’s appearance might bring revelations about what we know is a serious high-level internal dispute at Ottawa Police.

We have been told, and believe, that many senior officers regret the OPS initiated charges against Detective Grus because they dare not have a full and open trial that the Ottawa Police is bound to lose…

But neither do they want to withdraw the charges – which would be a de facto admission that OPS originally acceded to political pressures in charging and suspending Detective Grus.

We will be watching today’s hearing and report later in the afternoon.

Background: Charges against Ottawa Police Detective Helen Grus

Some of our previous articles for a quick background on the Helen Grus case…

August 23, 2022 – Worldwide Interest in Ottawa Police Detective’s Sudden Infant Death Investigations

August 25, 2022 – Barry Bussey Interviews Donald Best about Ottawa Police Detecitive Helen Grus

September 15, 2022 – Famed NYPD Detective Frank Serpico: Helen Grus Case “Breakthough in Police Transparency”

October 11, 2022 – Detective Helen Grus Proven Correct to Suspect Vaccine Harm to Breastfeeding Infants. Will Ottawa Police Drop the Misconduct Charge?

October 11, 2022 – Detective Helen Grus Ordered Back to Work. Hearing Adjourned to December 6, 2022

 

BREAKING: Restorative Justice session for Ottawa Police Constable Kristina Neilson ‘Private matter closed to media and public’

Police officer found guilty of ‘Discreditable Conduct’ for Freedom Convoy donation

Sentenced to 40 hours loss of pay and ‘Restorative Justice’

Insp. Hugh O’Toole

Ottawa Police will stage only one private ‘Restorative Justice’ session for Constable Kristina Neilson – who will meet with ‘affected community members’ as part of her punishment for donating $55 to the Freedom Convoy.

In an email to the author, Professional Standards Unit head Inspector Hugh O’Toole wrote:

“One session with the officer and some affected community members. Standard principles of restorative justice apply. A private matter that is closed to media and the public.”

Insider Reports were Correct: One Private ‘Restorative Justice’ Session

As we last reported on October 25, 2022 in our article ‘Insiders: Ottawa Police have a Problem… How to stage Constable Kristina Neilson’s Public Apology Sessions‘…

Ottawa Police Constable Kristina Neilson pleaded guilty to a charge of ‘Discreditable Conduct’ for donating $55 dollars to the Freedom Convoy. Part of the sentence is that Neilson attend ‘Restorative Justice’ where she will confess and apologize to the people of Ottawa – who will explain to her how she harmed them.

Also on October 25, 2022, we reported…

“According to police sources the Professional Standards Section wants to carefully select the audience for a single ‘Restorative Justice’ session that would be via invitation only.”

So our insider information was correct.

When the sentence was first announced, many members of the public who supported Constable Neilson condemned what they referred to as a ‘show trial’, and said that public ‘restorative justice’ sessions were designed to humiliate the officer and offer a deterrence to other police who supported the Charter of Rights and Canadians’ right to disagree with government.

One of our readers contributed an article ‘Calling Constable Neilson’s Sentence ‘Restorative Justice’ is Mocking and taking advantage of our First Nations‘, in which she said…

“We have family who escaped Communism – a struggle session is exactly what this is.

I feel immense guilt that we avoided the heavy cost that so many others paid. They sacrificed on our behalf – including Ottawa Police Constable Kristina Neilson. Please let her know that she has our support.

For those who orchestrated this show trial, I hope you’re able to feel that sense of fear in the pit of your belly, and sickness in your stomach because your conscience is yelling at you. They’re trying to set you straight, and you’d be advised to listen to them. Calling this ‘Restorative Justice’ is mocking and taking advantage of our First Nations, and you should be ashamed of yourselves for attempting this. I highly doubt our First Nations people would recognize this as bearing any resemblance to ‘restorative justice’. But our Chinese-born citizens who came here in the 60’s would certainly recognize this for exactly what it is.”

Carefully Staged Restorative Justice Session is by Invitation Only

No doubt the ‘affected community members’ invited to Constable Neilson’s private session will NOT include any of the thousands and thousands of Ottawa residents who support her or the Freedom Convoy.

That’s the whole idea of making the session private and by invitation only. That’s fine… Canadians know the truth about the staging of the session.

Famed NYPD Detective Frank Serpico Praised Ottawa Police Transparency

Professional Standards is a Soul-wrenching Duty for Police Officers

As a former Toronto Police Sergeant Detective who was heavily involved in investigations against corrupt police officers, Crown prosecutors, politicians, and judges… I am well aware of how difficult and soul-wrenching a duty it is.

I will never forget when I was at 52 Division Plainclothes having to obtain a search warrant against a fellow squad member. Three of us attended at his home on a Saturday morning while his children were watching cartoons and his wife was baking bread in the kitchen. We arrested our colleague and searched the home from top to bottom.

It couldn’t wait because what we were searching for (and found) would have disappeared.

Such is the reality when good police officers decide that their duty requires them to hunt down corrupt colleagues.

But then… Politics

I have no doubt that the charge against Constable Kristina Neilson was heavily influenced by politics. Certainly the recent testimony at the Public Order Emergency Commission confirms that government response to the Freedom Convoy at all levels and the use of the Emergencies Act was driven by politics – not by genuine necessity or law.

Ottawa Police Transparency

The Ottawa Police have recently been broadcasting internal disciplinary hearings over the Internet. This allows Canadians to attend and know about police disciplinary hearings first hand – uncensored by the legacy media.

I am not sure who is responsible for this new transparency, but it is reasonable to assume that Professional Standards Inspector Hugh O’Toole has much to do with the initiative. No longer will police charge and judge their own outside of public scrutiny.

I will write more on this subject in the future, but for now I want to make it clear that I believe the Ottawa Police are sincerely attempting to provide increased transparency and accountability to Canadians insofar as internal disciplinary hearings are concerned.

NYPD Detective Frank Serpico praised Ottawa Police

Legendary New York Police Detective and Medal of Honor recipient Frank Serpico praised the Ottawa Police Service for publicly broadcasting the disciplinary hearing against Detective Helen Grus.

(Detective Grus faces internal Police Act charges for conducting “unauthorized” investigations into the sudden deaths of nine infants – where she sought to know the vaccine status of the mothers.)

We reported on this in our article ‘Famed NYPD Detective Frank Serpico: Helen Grus case “Breakthrough in Police Transparency”

Ottawa Police abandoning video-broadcasting of Internal Trials?

In our courts and tribunals the implementation of Zoom and other video-conferencing technologies was a result of the ‘pandemic’ – but the many benefits of the technology (including increased transparency) are now proven.

I was recently disappointed to find that some of the new Ottawa Police disciplinary hearings are not scheduled for public broadcast.

When police are investigating, charging, and judging themselves – Canadians deserve the genuine transparency that video-broadcasting brings to the process.

Hopefully the Ottawa Police are not returning to the old ways where ‘public transparency’ of internal trials was limited to whether or not a reporter knew about the matter, was available to attend, took an interest, and had an editor who would publish the story. Such a system leaves much room for doubt and cannot truly be called ‘transparent’.

Donald Best

November 13, 2022

Former Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly’s Testimony Trainwreck – Panel Commentary

Jason Lavigne, Kris Eriksen, and Donald Best comment on the first morning of testimony from former Ottawa Chief of Police Peter Sloly…

“What dysfunction. What a complete mess. And this was the Chief.”

… Jason Lavigne, Candidate Federal Parliament

“It’s a shame… when you have someone like (Sloly) who is supposed to be a leader – the strain that it puts onto the other officers who were trying to do their jobs and were looking for direction… It seems like so much chaos… So much disorganization, so much Keystone Cops…”

… Kris Eriksen, former staff to Speaker, BC Legislature.

“What an unmitigated disaster of a trainwreck. I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen such testimony – such a disaster – from someone with so much experience and at such a high rank…”

“It’s obvious that despite his experience, his training, his C.V., and his wonderful use of police-management lingo… Peter Sloly was unable to meet the challenges of being the Chief of a major policing organization…”

“Compare (former Chief Peter Sloly) to the professionalism and the leadership qualities of the other police witnesses that we’ve seen so far – and he just falls short, let alone being the Chief of Police of our nation’s capital.”

… Donald Best

Why Donald Best was Imprisoned for 63 Days in Solitary Confinement

In this lunch hour panel Jason Lavigne, Kris Eriksen, and Donald Best discuss the first morning of Emergencies Act Inquiry testimony from former Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly.

Then Donald Best tells how he was convicted of Contempt of Court and sentenced to three months in prison – because three corrupt Ontario lawyers fabricated evidence, lied to the courts, and bribed a police officer to provide additional false evidence during a secret court hearing that Donald was not notified of.

(Donald’s full story can be found at: Donald Best Receives the 2018 OCLA Civil Liberties Award)

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