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.

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Committees

Accessibility Advisory Committee

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.

Committee Members:

  • Councillor André Brisson  Chair
  • Patrick Auger, Interim Deputy Treasurer — Staff Liaison
  • Patrice Dagenais
  • Russell Hogben
  • Susan Barr
  • Matthew Graveline

Meeting Agendas  Meeting Minutes

Meetings are open to the public. View the Committee's meeting schedule on our Events Calendar.

See Events Calendar

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

Community, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

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. 

Committee Members:

  • Pierre Leroux, Mayor  Chair
  • Andrea Beauvais  Vice-Chair
  • Dan Faughan, Chief Administrative Officer  Staff Liaison
  • Maryse Roy, Deputy Clerk  Secretary
  • Ashok (Ash) Babber
  • Carl Sohn
  • Glen Caswell
  • Marie-Claude Malboeuf
  • Michael Ogutu
  • Olayou Carrière
  • Richard Kargus

Meeting Agendas and Minutes are published on our iCompass portal.

Meeting Agendas  Meeting Minutes

Meetings are open to the public. View the Committee's meeting schedule on our Public Meetings Calendar.

Meeting Schedule

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

Environmental Advisory Committee

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.

 

Committee Members:

  • Councillor Cindy Saucier, Councillor  Chair
  • Jonathan Bourgon, Executive Director of Infrastructure   Staff Liaison
  • Jeannette Mongeon
  • Matthew Graveline
  • Rick Kargus
  • Timothy Schmitz

Meeting Agendas and Minutes are published on our iCompass portal.

Meeting Agendas  Meeting Minutes

Meetings are open to the public. View the Committee's meeting schedule on our Public Meetings Calendar.

Meeting Schedule

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

Joint Compliance Audit Committee

The Joint Compliance Audit Committee is established by the City of Clarence-Rockland, the Township of Champlain, the Township of East-Hawkesbury, the Town of Hawkesbury, the Nation Municipality, the Township of Russell, the Municipality of Casselman and the Township of Alfred-Plantagenet (collectively "the participating municipalities"), in accordance with the requirements of section 88.37 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 , S.O. c.32, as amended (the "Municipal Elections Act").

The powers and functions of the committee are set out in sections 88.33 to 88.36 of the Municipal Elections Act. The powers and duties are generally described as:

  1. Within 30 days of receipt of an application or report from the Clerk requesting a compliance audit, the Committee shall consider the compliance audit application and decide whether it should be granted or rejected;
  2. The decision of the Committee to grant or reject the application, and brief written reasons for the decision, shall be given to the candidate, the clerk with whom the candidate filed his or her nomination, the secretary of the local board, if applicable, and the applicant;
  3. If the application is granted, the Committee shall appoint an auditor to conduct a compliance audit of the candidate’s election campaign finances;
  4. The Committee will review the auditor’s report within 30 days of receipt and decide whether legal proceedings should be commenced;
  5. The decision of the committee to further to the receipt of the auditor’s report, and brief written reasons for the decision, shall be given to the candidate, the clerk with whom the candidate filed his or her nomination, the secretary of the local board, if applicable, and the applicant.

Committee Members:

  • Not Available

The Clerk shall call a meeting of the Committee when he or she receives an application for a Compliance Audit.

Email our Clerk's Department to contact the Joint Compliance Audit Committee.

Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee

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. 

Committee Members:

  • Pierre Leroux, Mayor  Council Liaison
  • Mike Tarnowski, Councillor  Chair
  • André Brisson, Councillor
  • Céline Guitard, Director of Parks and Recreation  Staff Liaison
  • Audray Lizotte
  • Emily Hall
  • Francois Bidal
  • Jason Harps
  • Joey Abrams

Meeting Agendas and Minutes are published on our iCompass portal.

Meeting Agendas  Meeting Minutes

Meetings are open to the public. View the Committee's meeting schedule on our Public Meetings Calendar.

Meeting Schedule

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

 Planning Advisory Committee / Committee of Adjustment

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. 

The Committee of Adjustment 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.

Committee Members

  • Councillor Jamie Laurin, Councillor  Chair
  • Councillor Mike Tarnowski, Councillor  Vice-Chair
  • Dominique Tremblay, Director of Planning, Building and Economic Development  Staff Liaison
  • Melanie Gervais
  • Jean-Guy Bisson
  • Bruce Murphy

Meeting Agendas and Minutes are published on our iCompass portal.

Meeting Agendas  Meeting Minutes

Meetings are open to the public. View the Committee's meeting schedule on our  Meetings Calendar.

Meeting Schedule

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

Public Library Board

Learn more about the Public Library Board, Committee Members, and more 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 are published on the Public Library website.

Meetings are open to the public. View the Committee's meeting schedule on our Public Meetings Calendar.

Meeting Schedule

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.

Russell Namesake Rededication Committee

The Committee’s purpose is to receive incoming resident submissions for the rededication of “Russell” in someone else’s honour. The Committee shall research, evaluate and verify the submissions received. The functions and duties of the Committee are as follows:

  1. Criteria for submissions: A current resident must make submissions, and the nominee must have RUSSELL as a First, Middle or Last name to qualify. The submission must include the pros and cons of the nominee and why the resident feels the individual is worthy of such an important recognition. The new namesake does not have to be a single person; it can potentially recognize numerous qualified individuals to allow for a greater diversity of representatives representing our varied population, etc.
  2. Review Period: The Township will advertise and promote the nomination process for a 30-day submission period. Once the submission period is finished, the Committee will then research, evaluate and verify the submissions and report to Council.
  3. With submissions vetted for accuracy, the committee will hold a one-day in-person “Russell Recognition” event (like a science fair), where nominators will be able to highlight their nominees through a booth setup. Nominators will have to highlight both the pros and cons of their choice so that the public can have a clear understanding of potential candidates. With the help of the Historical Society and / or the Township Community, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee, there will be a booth to highlight the history of Peter Russell and help raise awareness in our community. Everyone attending will be handed a “voting slip” at the entrance, allowing for a ranked system vote.
  4. Identifying Community Results: Members of the committee will oversee the final tally and inform the Council of the results: at which time the Council will determine how they wish to proceed.

Committee Members:

  • Pierre Leroux, Mayor  Liaison
  • Sylvain Brisson
  • Eric Greer
  • Phil Gurski
  • Pauline Hiltz
  • Anna Roberts
  • Lena Samson

The Committee shall be composed of five residents from the public at large as approved by Council from which one person to be designated by the committee members as spokesperson. The term of the Committee starts in early 2022 and ends after a new Namesake has been approved by Council. The Committee will meet and review all submissions in a manner that best works with their schedule.

See Submission Form and Webpage

Contact: Email our Clerk's Department to contact the Russell Namesake Rededication Committee.

Peter Russell History: Township of Russell and the Village of Russell were all named in relation to Peter Russell more than 200 years ago. Peter Russell was known to be a slave owner and believed to be an active participant in delaying legislation that would put an end to slavery in this region. The ideals of Peter Russell do not reflect the values of our Township residents and being named after this individual can be hurtful and disrespectful to our residents. Russell Township strives to be a kind-hearted inclusive community, whose people, policies, and community spirit make this an amazing place to live. The Township recognizes the offensive nature of this individual, and agree that we do not share his values; to rectify this situation the Township will rededicate “Russell” in someone else’s honour.

Seniors Advisory Committee

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.

Committee Members:

  • Pierre Leroux, Mayor  Chair
  • Cindy Saucier, Councillor  Vice-Chair
  • Jean Leduc, Chief Administrative Officer  Staff Liaison
  • Dawn Elizabeth O'Donnell
  • Céline Côté
  • Doris Marie-Louise Leclerc
  • Lucie G. Thériault
  • Elisabetta King

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

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

Teen Advisory Committee

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.

Committee Members:

  • Pierre Leroux, Mayor  Chair
  • André Brisson, Councillor  Vice-Chair
  • Jean Leduc, Chief Administrative Officer  Staff Liaison
  • 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

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

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

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

Registry of Declaration of Pecuniary Interest

2022 — Declaration 1
  • Meeting ID: 2022-010
  • Meeting Date: April 19, 2022
  • Council or Committee Name: Council
  • Meeting Type: Regular
  • Agenda Item Number When Declared: #6
  • Reference to Agenda Item Number: #11a (and By-law at #16)
  • Agenda Title or Description: Reports from Departments and Council Committees — Zoning By-law Amendment (Report PD-09-2022)
  • Name of Member: Councillor André Brisson
  • Deemed Direct or Indirect: Direct
  • General Nature of the Declaration (Reason): Own the land.

2022— Declaration 2

  • Meeting ID: 2022-018
  • Meeting Date: September 6, 2022
  • Council or Committee Name: Council
  • Meeting Type: Regular
  • Agenda Item Number When Declared: #6
  • Reference to Agenda Item Number: #11e
  • Agenda Title or Description: Community Grants and Contributions - Report PR-13-2022
  • Name of Member: Councillor Cindy Saucier
  • Deemed Direct or Indirect: Indirect
  • General Nature of the Declaration (Reason): Is one of the organizers of the event in question (Terry Fox Run), but it was another member of the team that applied for the grant.

2022— Declaration 3

  • Meeting ID: 2022-024
  • Meeting Date: November 7, 2022
  • Council or Committee Name: Council
  • Meeting Type: Regular
  • Agenda Item Number When Declared: #6
  • Reference to Agenda Item Number: #11f
  • Agenda Title or Description: Community Grants and Contributions - Report PR-15-2022 
  • Name of Member: Councillor Cindy Saucier
  • Deemed Direct or Indirect: Indirect
  • General Nature of the Declaration (Reason): Her husband is one of the organizers of the Food Bank Fundraiser event.