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Women’s History Month 2023

Posted on Sunday, October 01, 2023 10:45 AM

October is Women's History Month in Canada, a time to celebrate the women and girls from our past, and our present, who are contributing to a better, more inclusive Canada.

This year’s theme, Through Her Lens: Celebrating the Diversity of Women, emphasizes the importance of recognizing the achievements and contributions of women from diverse backgrounds. It focuses on the unique perspectives, experiences, and challenges faced by Indigenous women; women from 2SLGBTQI+ communities; and newcomer,...

New Outdoor Photo Exhibit

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2023 02:15 PM

Following our second annual Photo Expo contest, Russell Township and the Russell Agriculture Society are delighted to announce the installation of a new outdoor photo exhibit. You can discover the winning photos from both this year and last year's Photo Expo contest at the beginning of the recreational trail, located at 901 Notre-Dame Street in Embrun. This exhibition is a permanent fixture that will continually expand in the years ahead. We invite you to immerse yourself in the breathtaking...

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2023 08:45 AM

Each year, September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The day honours the children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.

This federal statutory holiday was created through legislative amendments made by Parliament.
Orange Shirt Day is an Indigenous-led...

Voluntary Positions Available on Council Advisory Committees

Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2023 08:45 AM

The Township of Russell is seeking to fill positions on the following committees:

1. Parks, Recreation and Culture Advisory Committee (1 position)

2. Community Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (1 position)

3. Attainable and Affordable Housing Committee (1 position)


    • Must be 18 years of age or over;
    • Must be a Canadian Citizen;
    • Must be a resident of the Township of Russell;
    • Bilingualism is an asset (English/French).

4. Teens Advisory Committee (3 positions – At-large teen representatives)

2024 Budget Survey

Posted on Tuesday, September 26, 2023 12:10 PM

Only a few more days to complete our public survey! Think about the Township of Russell in 2024 and beyond. What should guide the direction of our community?

Please take our short public survey by September 30, 2023. Your feedback can help Council prioritize when discussing the 2024 Draft Budget.

Survey link

Craig Street Storm Sewer Replacement – Phase 5

Posted on Monday, September 25, 2023 02:15 PM

*Updated start date due to a delay notice received from the contractor.Work continues on the storm sewer replacement on Craig Street in Russell as we move on to Phase 5, starting Thursday October 5th, 2023. Craig Street will officially re-open, ending the detour that has been in place on Mill Street.

Phase 5: Road Reconstruction – Craig Street (from Mills St. to Forced Rd.)

  • Craig Street will have alternating traffic lane using traffic light signals from Mills St. to Forced Rd. Street starting...

Franco-Ontarian Day

Posted on Sunday, September 24, 2023 04:30 PM

In 2010, the Ontario government declared that September 25 would be known as Franco-Ontarian Day. This day is a time to celebrate the francophone community in Ontario in heritage, language, and culture!
We invite residents to proudly wear green and white to show their colors and continue to promote the French language in our municipality.

Celebration at the Monument de la francophonie in Embrun

The committee for the Monument de la francophonie in Embrun invites you to the monument Monday September...

Bi Visibility Day

Posted on Saturday, September 23, 2023 11:45 AM

September 23rd is Bi Visibility Day. First officially observed in 1999, this day recognize and celebrate bisexual people, the bisexual community, and the history of bisexuality. Bisexuality can be defined as being attracted to one's own gender as well as other genders. Or being attracted not exclusively to people of one particular gender.

This celebration of bisexuality in particular, as opposed to general LGBT events, was conceived as a response to the prejudice and marginalization of bisexual...

Last weekend to enjoy the Splash Pad

Posted on Friday, September 22, 2023 03:00 PM

Yahoo Park's splash pad will be closing on Monday, September 25th. Make the most of this weekend for some splashing fun! We hope you've had a fantastic time at the expanded park this year.

Russell Township Fire Services Honors Chief Bruce Armstrong

Posted on Friday, September 22, 2023 10:00 AM

Russell, ON — On Saturday, September 16, 2023, the Russell Township Fire Services gathered in a heartwarming ceremony to pay tribute to Fire Chief Bruce Armstrong for his longstanding dedication and remarkable contributions to the Russell community and the Fire Services. As a symbol of their deep appreciation, the fire station has been officially renamed the "Bruce Armstrong Fire Station."

Chief Armstrong's journey with the Russell Fire Department began in 1992, and over the years, he exhibited...

Public Skating Begins September 23

Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2023 03:00 PM

Sharpen your skates!  After weeks of preparation, the Embrun and Russell arenas are ready for the winter season.

Our free regular schedule for public skating and shinny hockey sessions begins on Saturday September 23, 2023. Find the weekly schedule on our Arenas and Skating webpage. 

*A special PD day session is available Friday September 22nd, 2023 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in Embrun and from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in Russell.

The outdoor rinks are not open yet for the winter season.

To rent ice time, view ice availability...

Explore the Russell Township Business Directory

Posted on Monday, September 18, 2023 02:15 PM

Russell Township, nestled in the heart of Eastern Ontario, is a vibrant community known for its picturesque landscapes, close-knit neighborhoods, and a thriving local business scene. Whether you're a resident or a visitor, discovering the hidden gems of this beautiful township has just become easier with the launch of our brand-new Russell Township Business Directory at

This exciting new platform will connect you with local businesses, products, and services via a...

Dr. Steve Mihok Receives Community Builder Award

Posted on Monday, September 18, 2023 08:45 AM

On September 11th 2023, Council had the pleasure of presenting a Community Builder Award to Dr. Steve Mihok for his active participation in the local music scene and for his environmental engagement within our community.

Notably, we would like to highlight his selfless efforts to rid vulnerable populations of the scourge of biting insects, not only in his local community, but in a number of disadvantaged communities in Africa and elsewhere.

As part of the Citizen Recognition Program, we have:

Contest: Test Your Smoke Alarm

Posted on Sunday, September 17, 2023 02:00 PM

Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023, is Ontario's first Test Your Smoke Alarm Day!
All Ontarians are encouraged to learn more about smoke alarms, fire safety, and home fire escape planning, which could save you and your loved ones. Most importantly, we want you to test your smoke alarms!

Having working smoke alarms won't just save your life – it's the law.

Every home in Ontario is required by law to have working smoke alarms on every story and outside all sleeping areas. For added protection, install working...

Invitation to Symposium

Posted on Friday, September 15, 2023 02:13 PM

*Please note that this Symposium is offered in French only.
The Council of the Township of Russell is proud to sponsor seven participants for this event. If you are a resident of the municipality and are interested in participating, please send an e-mail to with the following information:

  • Full Name
  • E-mail address
  • Phone number
  • Organization name (if applicable)
  • Job title (if applicable)
  • Food allergies (if applicable)
  • Regular or vegetarian lunch box?

Places will go to the first seven (7)...

Road Closure - North Russell - September 12-15

Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2023 11:14 AM

Please take note of the following road closure.

  • When: September 12th at 10a.m. to September 15th 2023 at 6p.m.
  • Where: North Russell Road, from Burton Road to Route 100 
  • Why: preparation for road paving
  • Emergency access allowed, open to local traffic.

Detour Information: Please see the map from for detour information, if any apply.

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Township of Russell Appoints New Chief Administrative Officer

Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2023 09:36 AM

Embrun, Ontario, September 11, 2023 —The Township of Russell is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Chief Administrative Officer, effective immediately.

Council appointed Richard Godin as the Township’s new Chief Administrative Officer at the regular meeting of September 11, 2023. The appointment follows an extensive search process that garnered over 30 applications. The search for his replacement as Director of Corporate Services will also begin shortly.

Richard Godin has been a...

World Suicide Prevention Day

Posted on Sunday, September 10, 2023 08:45 AM

September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. It is an opportunity to focus on reducing stigma about mental health and raising awareness on how suicide can be prevented. Even small actions can make a huge difference.
‘Creating Hope Through Action’ is a reminder that there is an alternative to suicide and aims to inspire confidence and light in all of us; that our actions, no matter how big or small, may provide hope to those who are struggling. Preventing suicide is often possible and you are a...

Bowling Hall – Re-Opening

Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2023 02:15 PM

We are pleased to announce that after a brief summer hiatus, the bowling alley is reopening on Friday, September 8th, 2023, to provide a fun and local bowling experience. Lace up your bowling shoes, gather your friends and family, and head down to the lanes for a striking good time. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a casual bowler, the alleys are open and ready to welcome you back with a renewed energy. So, grab a bowling ball, aim for that perfect score, and let the good times roll!

Hours of...

Road Closure - North Russell - September 6

Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2023 08:44 AM

Please take note of the following road closure.

  • When: September 6th at 7a.m. to September 7th 2023 at 8p.m.
  • Where: North Russell Road, from Route 100 to 1211m South of Route 100
  • Why: road rehabilitation
  • Detour in place: Route 100 to Hamilton Road to Route 200

Detour Information: Please see the map from for detour information, if any apply.

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