The Township of Russell has advisory committees that give feedback to Council. Their recommendations help guide the future of our community. Attend a meeting to stay informed or get involved on what matters most to you.

Committee Positions Available

Position available on the Township of Russell Public Library Board

REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Must be 18 years of age or older;
  2. Must be a Canadian Citizen;
  3. Must be a resident of the Township of Russell;
  4. Preferably bilingual (English/French);
  5. Is not employed by the Board of the Library or by the Township or County;
  6. Must participate as an individual and not represent any organization or special interest group; and
  7. Must be available to attend meetings and other activities of the board.

TERM: Concurrent with the term of Council, unless otherwise decided by Council (ending November 14, 2022).

REMUNERATION: Not applicable.

MANDATE: Appointed by the Council of the Township of Russell, this board represents the owners of the library who are the community residents. The board ensures that decisions made about library programs and services are in the best interests of the library and the community served.

HOW TO APPLY:

Those interested in the above-mentioned positions are invited to complete, sign and submit the Committee Appointment Application Form before 4:00 p.m. on Thursday June 17, 2021 to the attention of Joanne Camiré Laflamme, Clerk at clerk.greffe@russell.ca or at the Town Hall at, 717 Notre-Dame Street, Embrun ON K0A 1W1.

Committee Appointment Application Form

To obtain the Application Form, consult the website at www.russell.ca or contact the Clerk's office for further details at clerk.greffe@russell.ca or 613-443-3066 x 2310.
Only the selected candidates will be contacted.

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2005, the Township of Russell agrees to recognize the different needs and to provide an accessible place to all.

Speak at a Committee Meeting (Delegation Request)

If you want to address a Committee, submit a Delegation Application Form and any related background information to the Clerk's office 7 days business days before the meeting.

Delegation Application Form

If your delegation is to request funding, please know that we offer a Community Grants program to non-profit community organizations, groups or associations for community projects and events.

As a delegate, you have five (5) minutes to speak about your request or concern. Once you are finished, committee members may ask questions.

Committees

Accessibility Advisory Committee

Committee Members

Chair: Councillor André Brisson

Staff Liaison: Patrick Auger, Interim Deputy Treasurer

Members:

  • Patrice Dagenais
  • Russell Hogben
  • Susan Barr
  • Matthew Graveline

Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Meeting Agendas and Minutes are published on our iCompass portal.

Meeting Agendas  Meeting Minutes

Meeting Schedule

Meetings are open to the public.

View the Committee's meeting schedule on our Public Meetings Calendar.

Meeting Schedule for the Accessibility Advisory Committee.

Contact the Accessibility Advisory Committee

Email our Clerk's Department to contact the Accessibility Advisory Committee

Committee Objectives

The Township of Russell's Accessibility Advisory Committee is dedicated to promoting equal opportunity and access for all persons, regardless of needs, to facilitate their participation as fully as possible in all aspects of community life.

The committee's objectives are to:

  • Advise and recommend to Council on an annual basis, the effectiveness of the Township's Accessibility related matters, including but not limited to Accessibility plans, measures, municipal buildings, structures or premises implementation of initiatives pursuant to the Ontarians with Disabilities Act or other Federal or Provincial Acts related to accessibility affecting The Township of Russell.
  • Provide a forum for persons with disabilities to raise issues and concerns.
  • Provide advice and guidance, raise issues and make recommendations to Council, through the Chair, on matters pertaining to policies, practices and programs of The Township of Russell, that affect persons with disabilities.
  • Recommend and coordinate the dissemination of information to citizens including those with disabilities regarding the Advisory Committee and any pertinent corporate decisions.
  • Consult with the community, groups and other organizations to capture and communicate emerging issues to Council and Township Administration.
  • Raise the awareness of the citizens of the Township of Russell and the public sector to issues affecting persons with disabilities.
  • Perform all other functions that may be specified in the Regulations.

In collaboration with the administration of the Township of Russell, the Accessibility Advisory Committee produces the Accessibility Plan. Learn more about the Township's Accessibility Plan or consult the Government of Ontario's Accessibility webpage.

Community, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Committee Members

Chair: Mayor Pierre Leroux
Vice-Chair: Andrea Beauvais

Staff Liaison: Jean Leduc, Chief Administrative Officer

Secretary: Maryse Roy, Deputy Clerk

Members:

  • Ashok (Ash) Babber
  • Andrea Beauvais (Vice-Chair)
  • Christiane Hache
  • Carl Sohn
  • Glen Caswell
  • Marie-Claude Malboeuf
  • Michael Ogutu
  • Olayou Carrière

Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Meeting Agendas and Minutes are published on our iCompass portal.

Meeting Agendas  Meeting Minutes

Meeting Schedule

Meetings are open to the public.

View the Committee's meeting schedule on our Public Meetings Calendar.

Meeting Schedule

Contact the Community, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Email our Clerk's Department to contact the Community, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.

Committee Objectives

The Community Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is dedicated to promoting and fostering the development of a modern and progressive community in which all residents and visitors are welcome and comfortable, as well as valued and respected.

The Committee's objectives are to:

  • Review Programs, Policies, & By-laws:
    • Identify Barriers. Review the delivery of Township programs, policies, and by-laws in order to identify barriers and biases preventing inclusion and equity due to age, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, culture, gender identity, gender expression, disability, race, creed, sexual orientation, record of offences, marital status, and family status within the Township's legislative authority. This includes how people in the community, residents and visitors interact with the Township and each other while accessing municipal services and programs;
    • Recommend Changes. Recommend any relevant changes to Council on Township programs, policies, and by-laws to ensure they incorporate appropriate considerations promoting and fostering diversity, inclusion, and equity based on age, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, culture, gender identity, gender expression, disability, race, creed, sexual orientation, record of offences, marital status, and family status within the Township's legislative authority;
  • Educate & Advise:
    • Educate. Advise Council, staff, and the community on available educational programs to ensure all members of the community fully understand considerations relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and are aware of the impact of actual or perceived unconscious biases;
    • Advise on Emerging Issues. Advise Council on emerging equity and/or diversity issues, data analytics, and/or challenges. This includes recommending ad hoc initiatives to combat racism, discrimination, exclusion, and acts of prejudice or hateful behaviour, as well as recommending strategies to build connections and foster a sense of inclusion within the community;
  • Provide Community Support:
    • Communicate. Promote and foster continuous dialogue with the community and Committee members relating to the mandate. As applicable, bring recommendations to Council for further discussion and potential action; and
    • Opportunities. Research and/or develop opportunities and facilitate cooperation with other community stakeholders and/or organizations relating to CDEI objectives and make recommendations to Council as necessary. 

Environmental Advisory Committee

Committee Members

Chair: Councillor Cindy Saucier

Staff Liaison: Jonathan Bourgon, Executive Director of Infrastructure

Members:

  • Jeannette Mongeon
  • Matthew Graveline
  • Rick Kargus
  • Timothy Schmitz

Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Meeting Agendas and Minutes are published on our iCompass portal.

Meeting Agendas  Meeting Minutes

Meeting Schedule

Meetings are open to the public.

View the Committee's meeting schedule on our Public Meetings Calendar.

Meeting Schedule

Contact the Environmental Advisory Committee

Email our Clerk's Department to contact the Environmental Advisory Committee.

Committee Objectives

The Township of Russell's Environmental Advisory Committee is a forum for discussion on environmental matters within The Township of Russell.

The committee's objectives are to:

  • Provide a forum for residents to raise issues and concerns regarding environment-related matters.
  • Consult with residents and environmental groups to capture and communicate emerging issues and concerns regarding environment-related matters to Council and staff.
  • Educate residents on environmental issues and practices within The Township.
  • Advise and make recommendations to Council on environment-related issues and practices with The Township.
  • Develop new initiatives and bring new ideas to Council for implementation regarding environment-related issues.
  • Act as liaison with residents and Council on environment-related issues and practices.
  • Address any environment-related matters referred to it by Council.

 

Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee

Committee Members

Chair: Councillor Mike Tarnowski

Staff Liaison: Céline Guitard, Director of Parks and Recreation

Members:

  • Councillor André Brisson
  • Audray Lizotte
  • Emily Hall
  • Francois Bidal
  • Jason Harps
  • Joey Abrams

Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Meeting Agendas and Minutes are published on our iCompass portal.

Meeting Agendas  Meeting Minutes

Meeting Schedule

Meetings are open to the public.

View the Committee's meeting schedule on our Public Meetings Calendar.

Meeting Schedule

Contact the Parks and Recreation Committee

Email our Clerk's Department to contact the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee.

Committee Objectives

The Township of Russell's Park, Recreation and Culture Advisory Committee is a forum for discussion on recreational, parks and cultural matters within the Township of Russell.

The committee's objectives are to:

  • Provide a forum for residents to raise issues and concerns regarding parks, recreation and cultural matters.
  • Consult with user-groups and/or residents to capture and communicate emerging issues and concerns regarding parks, recreation and cultural related matters to Council and staff.
  • Educate residents and user-groups regarding parks, recreation and cultural matters and regulations within The Township.
  • Advise and make recommendations to Council on parks, recreation and cultural related issues and practices within The Township.
  • Develop new initiatives and bring ideas to Council for implementation regarding parks, recreation and cultural related issues and practices within The Township.
  • Act as liaison with residents and user-groups and the Council on parks, recreation and cultural related issues and practices within The Township.
  • Address any park, recreation or cultural related matters referred to by Council. 

Planning Advisory Committee and Committee of Adjustment

Committee Members

Chair: Councillor Jamie Laurin
Vice-Chair: Councillor Mike Tarnowski

Staff Liaison: Dominique Tremblay, Director of Planning, Building and Economic Development

Members :

  • Melanie Gervais
  • Jean-Guy Bisson
  • Bruce Murphy

Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Meeting Agendas and Minutes are published on our iCompass portal.

Meeting Agendas  Meeting Minutes

Meeting Schedule

Meetings are open to the public.

View the Committee's meeting schedule on our Public Meetings Calendar.

Meeting Schedule

Contact the Planning Advisory Committee or Committee of Adjustment

Email our Clerk's Department to contact the Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) or Committee of Adjustment.

PAC Committee Objectives

The Township of Russell's Planning Advisory Committee shall provide advice and recommendations to the Council of the Township of Russell and the United Counties of Prescott and Russell in accordance to matters relating to planning issues.

The Planning Advisory Committee's objectives are:

  • To oversee and recommend on planning matters including the implementation of The Township of Russell's Official Plan and Zoning By-law revisions and other planning related documents.
  • To identify the need for and oversee the preparation, where appropriate, of special studies, which would enhance the orderly and desirable development of the municipality, ensure environmental sustainability and/or ensure the protection of persons and property.
  • To consider and report on all matters referred to the Committee by the Council. 

Committee of Adjustment Objectives

The Committee is authorized by the Planning Act to consider applications for:

  • Minor variances from the provisions of the Zoning By-law
  • Permission related to variations of existing legal non-conforming uses under the Zoning By-law;
  • Land division (severing a new lot from an existing lot, adding land to an existing lot, easements, mortgages or leases in excess of 21 years)
  • Determine whether a particular use conforms with the provisions of the Zoning By-law where the uses of land, buildings or structures permitted in the by-law are defined in general terms
  • The Committee is authorized by the Fence By-law to consider applications for minor variances from the provisions of the fence by-law.
  • The Committee is authorized by the Sign By-law to consider applications for minor variances from the provisions of the Sign by-law.

Public Library Board

Committee Members

Committee Members are listed on the Public Library website.

In Ontario, public libraries are created by municipal by-laws and governed by public library boards, as outlined in the Public Libraries Act. The seven trustees of the Township of Russell Public Library Board are appointed by Municipal Council after each municipal election and serve a four-year term.

Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Meeting Agendas and Minutes are published on the Public Library website.

Meeting Agendas  Meeting Minutes

Meeting Schedule

Meetings are open to the public.

View the Committee's meeting schedule on our Public Meetings Calendar.

Meeting Schedule

Contact the Public Library Board

To contact the Public Library Board, communicate your request to the Board's Secretary-Treasurer by phone at 613-445-5331 or by email at france.seguin@russellbiblio.com at least two weeks before the next scheduled meeting.

Committee Objectives

The committee objectives are published on the Public Library website. 

Seniors Advisory Committee

Committee Members

Chair: Mayor Pierre Leroux
Vice-Chair: Councillor Cindy Saucier

Staff Liaison: Jean Leduc, Chief Administrative Officer

Members:

  • Dawn Elizabeth O'Donnell
  • Céline Côté
  • Doris Marie-Louise Leclerc
  • Lucie G. Thériault
  • Elisabetta King

Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Due to delays related to COVID-19, meeting Agendas and Minutes are not yet available.

Meeting Schedule

Due to delays related to COVID-19, meeting Agendas and Minutes are not yet available.

Contact the Seniors Advisory Committee

Email our Clerk's Department to contact the Seniors Advisory Committee.

Committee Objectives

The Township's Seniors Advisory Committee seeks to enrich and enhance the quality of life of seniors in the Township, identify barriers, form partnerships with the community, and act as a public forum for issues affecting seniors which the Township may be able to address.

The committee's objectives are to:

  • Act as a resource to the Mayor and Council on matters affecting seniors;
  • Serve as a forum for discussing issues affecting seniors;
  • Provide advice to the Mayor and the Council based on input received to improve the programs, policies, and services provided to seniors;
  • Identify barriers to access by seniors to city services and programs;
  • Form partnerships in the community to educate, inform, and improve the quality of life for seniors; and
  • Follow-up on actions to be carried out as per committee meetings assignments/direction.

 

Teen Advisory Committee

Committee Members

Chair: Mayor Pierre Leroux
Vice-Chair : Councillor André Brisson

Staff Liaison: Jean Leduc, Chief Administrative Officer

Members:

  • Gabrielle Boileau, student representative from École secondaire catholique Embrun
  • Alexandre Hubert, student representative from École secondaire catholique Embrun
  • Célina Plourdre, student representative from École secondaire catholique Embrun
  • Sydnee Franche, student representative from St-Thomas Aquinas Catholic Highschool
  • Isabelle Ranger, student representative from St-Thomas Aquinas Catholic Highschool
  • Jaiden Longval, student representative from St-Thomas Aquinas Catholic Highschool

Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Due to delays related to COVID-19, meeting Agendas and Minutes are not yet available.

Meeting Schedule

Due to delays related to COVID-19, meeting Agendas and Minutes are not yet available.

Contact the Teen Advisory Committee

Email our Clerk's Department to contact the Teen Advisory Committee.

Committee Objectives

The Township's Teen Advisory Committee seeks to enrich and enhance the quality of life of teens (14 to 18 years old) in the Township, identify barriers, form partnerships with the community, and act as a public forum for issues affecting teens.

The committee's objectives are to:

  • Act as a resource to the Mayor and Council on matters affecting teens;
  • Serve as a forum for discussing issues affecting teens and improve their quality of life;
  • Follow-up on actions to be carried out as per committee meetings assignments/direction.
  • Organize and implement an annual forum, Teenmatters;
  • Encourage teens to participate in the forum;
  • Follow-up on actions to be carried out as a result of the forum.

Registry of Declaration of Pecuniary Interest

2021 Declaration 1

  • Meeting ID: 2021-006
  • Meeting Date: April 6, 2021
  • Council or Committee Name: Council
  • Meeting Type: Regular
  • Agenda Item Number When Declared: #18a
  • Reference to Agenda Item Number: #18 a
  • Agenda Title or Description: Other Business - Business Presented by Council Members
    Jamie Laurin - Request for Authorized Leave
  • Name of Member: Councillor Jamie Laurin
  • Deemed Direct or Indirect: Direct
  • General Nature of the Declaration (Reason): "As this was a request initiated by myself in regards to myself, I felt it was necessary to excuse myself from the Council Resolution vote on whether to grant my Authorized leave request".

2021 Declaration 2

  • Meeting ID: 2021-008
  • Meeting Date: May 3, 2021
  • Council or Committee Name: Council
  • Meeting Type: Regular
  • Agenda Item Number When Declared: 6
  • Reference to Agenda Item Number: #11 h
  • Agenda Title or Description: Reports from Departments and Council Committees - Environmental Assessment of Route 300 Corridor - Report IS-PW-12-2021
  • Name of Member: Councillor André Brisson
  • Deemed Direct or Indirect: Direct
  • General Nature of the Declaration (Reason): "Concerns parts of land that belong to me."