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National AccessAbility Week

Posted on Sunday, May 26, 2024 10:30 AM

May 26th to June 1st, 2024 is National AccessAbility Week (NAAW)! Every year, starting on the last Sunday in May, Canadians celebrate (NAAW). Founded as ‘National Access Awareness Week’ in 1988 and inspired by Rick Hansen’s Man In Motion World Tour, this week is an opportunity to celebrate Canadians with disabilities and raise awareness of the critical need for accessibility and inclusion for all in our communities and workplaces.

Participate in the #NAAWChallenge

Do you know a person with a...

April Positive Tickets for Youth

Posted on Saturday, May 25, 2024 10:25 AM

We are rewarding youth for good deeds in our community!

Our Public Safety and Enforcement officers are issuing "positive tickets" to local youth for helpful actions, behaviour, and acts of kindness. Each “ticket” includes a gift card to a local business as a reward for being a great role model.

We are proud to recognize Juliana and Danek, two 9-year-olds who demonstrated outstanding community spirit. On April 13th and 14th, they dedicated their time to cleaning up Forced Rd and Craig St, making a...

Have Your Say in the Future of Russell Township Fire Services!

Posted on Friday, May 24, 2024 10:39 AM

The Township of Russell has teamed up with The Loomex Group to conduct an important organizational review and station assessment for Russell Township Fire Services. This assessment will help us develop strategies to ensure our fire department continues to meet the community's needs now and in the future.

We want to hear from you!

The Loomex Group has created a survey to gather your feedback on the emergency services you receive. Your input is invaluable in shaping the future of our fire services.

National Public Works Week

Posted on Monday, May 20, 2024 08:55 AM

National Public Works Week is May 19 to 25, 2024 and the Township of Russell is inviting residents to learn more about the essential services the Township’s infrastructure services provides. We often take the public works that surround us for granted, and this week we invite you to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and X as we share photos of our crew in action, to appreciate and thank them for the essential services they provide.

Did you know that National Public Works Week started in 1960? Every...

What Not to Flush Down the Toilet

Posted on Friday, May 17, 2024 09:00 AM

Your toilet isn't a trash can! Remember, only human waste and toilet paper belong in there. Flushing the wrong items can lead to messy problems at home and at our wastewater treatment facility.

Never flush these items:
  • Personal care wipes/baby wipes
  • Diapers
  • Cotton swabs
  • Hair
  • Dental floss
  • Tampons
  • Sanitary products
  • Condoms
  • Old medicines
  • Food grease/fat
Why aren't 'flushables' allowed?

Even if they're labeled as 'flushable,' products like wipes and makeup remover cloths wreak havoc on our sewer system. They...

In-person Swimming Lesson Registration

Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 03:30 PM

Our in-person swimming lesson registration will be held on June 5th from 5:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. at Town Hall. New this year, book an appointment to skip the line!

The following link for appointment will be active on May 22, 2024, at 9:00a.m.

Registration Link

Drop-ins will still be accepted. For any questions regarding swim lessons, contact

Council Meeting Highlights – May 13, 2024

Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 09:50 AM

Here are some highlights from the May 13, 2024, Council meeting. For more information on these and on the other topics discussed at this or other meetings, meeting schedule, agenda and minutes are available on our website.

The video of the full meeting can be viewed here.

Citizen Recognition – Leadership and Courage Award (Item 8a) A joint ceremony with CHEO was held to award Rory Renwick a Citizen’s Recognition award for her actions during the April 22, 2024, bus accident. For more information, read...

Rory Renwick Receives Community Award

Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2024 03:16 PM

At the Regular Council Meeting held on May 13th, 2024, Council, in collaboration with CHEO, had the distinct privilege of recognizing Rory Renwick with a Citizen Recognition Award for her remarkable leadership and courage during a recent incident.

Rory Renwick, a student aboard the bus involved in the unfortunate collision with a transport truck on April 22, 2024, demonstrated extraordinary courage by assisting the 11 other children onboard, ensuring their safe evacuation from the scene.

“Rory is...

Teen Advisory Committee Hosts Teen Forum

Posted on Monday, May 13, 2024 11:29 AM

The inaugural Teen Forum, hosted by the Teen Advisory Committee, took place Friday, May 10, 2024, in Embrun, marking a significant milestone in fostering youth engagement within our community. With 70 enthusiastic participants from Russell High School and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School, the event proved to be an inspiring platform for dialogue and collaboration. Before the summer, students from École secondaire catholique d’Embrun will have the opportunity to contribute their voices to...

Supporting Earth Day and Sustainability

Posted on Friday, May 10, 2024 02:25 PM

As part of the Township Climate Action Plan, the Township of Russell and the Environmental and Sustainability Advisory Committee invited schools to develop ideas for activities in support of this year’s Earth Day.

We wish to thank and congratulate all students and schools who have helped make our community cleaner. Of interest, the Environmental Science class of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School executed a whole week of activities focused on Earth Day and sustainability. With this year's...

Positions Available on Council Advisory Committees and Board

Posted on Wednesday, May 08, 2024 10:25 AM

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

  1. Teens Advisory Committee (4 Positions)
  2. Seniors Advisory Committee (1 position)
  3. Line Fence Viewers (2 Positions)
  4. Property Standards Committee (2 Positions)
  5. Township of Russell Public Library Board (2 Positions)
  1. Must be 18 years of age or over;
  2. Must be a Canadian Citizen;
  3. Must be a resident of the Township of Russell;
  4. Bilingualism is an asset (English/French);
  5. Is not employed by the Library Board...

Notice of Public Information Centre May 30

Posted on Wednesday, May 08, 2024 08:55 AM

Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Study
Road Network Expansion, Vars Industrial Park, Township of Russell

Public Information Centre Details:
  • Date/Time: Thursday, May 30, 2024, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location: Council Chambers, Township of Russell Office - 717 Notre-Dame St, Embrun, ON K0A 1W1

The Corporation of the Township of Russell (Township) has initiated a Schedule B Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) to review and study the proposed expansion of the road network within the Vars...

What is StreetScan and What is it Doing?

Posted on Tuesday, May 07, 2024 05:25 PM

To help improve the conditions of our streets we are partnering with StreetScan, a Montreal-based company. StreetScan has grown to service over 280 customers throughout the U.S. and Canada.

StreetScan employs vehicle-mounted sensing technology to assess road conditions in normal traffic flow. The system utilizes its technology to determine the health of each street and to identify road defects including potholes, bumps, and cracking. This data will help the Township identify and prioritize where...

Managing Japanese Beetles

Posted on Tuesday, May 07, 2024 02:25 PM

This information is provided by the Russell Township Environmental and Sustainability Advisory Committee to help you make informed decisions on the management of Japanese Beetles around your property in urban areas of the Township.

What is a Japanese beetle?

Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) is an invasive plant pest that was first introduced to eastern North America from Japan in 1916. The adults are active flyers, but natural spread is slow and they are not able to travel long distances on...

Rescheduled Special Council Meeting

Posted on Friday, May 03, 2024 12:05 PM

Notice: Please note that the Special Council Meeting originally planned for Monday, May 6 has been rescheduled.

  • When: Monday, June 10, 2024, at 4:00p.m.
  • Where: City Hall – 717 Notre-Dame Street, Embrun, ON.
  • Subject: Affordable Housing Workshop

The purpose of the meeting is to have a discussion with Council in preparation for the open house that will follow the following week, Tuesday June 18th, 2024, from 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. The June 18th open house will include a short presentation, followed by a...

Hydrant Flushing

Posted on Friday, May 03, 2024 08:55 AM

Starting May 6, 2024, Public Utilities operators will begin flushing hydrants across the Township to make sure the system is working optimally. 

During hydrant testing:

  • You may see coloured water and loss in water pressure during the testing of a hydrant in your area. We recommend that you do not drink or wash laundry with coloured water. While it is not harmful to your health, it may stain your laundry.
  • If you see coloured water, turn on a cold water tap for a few minutes. The colour in the water...

St-Joseph Daycare Expands the Preschool Program

Posted on Thursday, May 02, 2024 11:48 AM

St-Joseph Daycare is thrilled to announce the opening of our new preschool program, which has a capacity of 24 children. This expansion allows us to provide even more children in our community with a high-quality early childhood education experience.

For more information on the daycare and to add your child to the waitlist, consult our website.

We are looking for Graduate and Non-Graduate educators to join our team. If you are passionate about early childhood education and are looking for a...

Parks and Playgrounds Now Open

Posted on Wednesday, May 01, 2024 04:18 PM

Enjoy the summer weather at one of our local parks! All 26 parks and play structures in the Township of Russell have been inspected and are ready for you to enjoy.

This excludes the baseball diamonds, splash pad and boat launch, which are expected to open soon. An official notice will be published on our website and social media.

Not sure what parks might be nearby? Check out the Park Maps on our Maps webpage!

Council Meeting Highlights – April 29, 2024

Posted on Wednesday, May 01, 2024 09:00 AM

Here are some highlights from the April 29, 2024, Council meeting. For more information on these and on the other topics discussed at this or other meetings, meeting schedule, agenda and minutes are available on our website.

The video of the full meeting can be viewed here.

Road Construction and Drain Relocation – Report IS-PW-2024-09 (Item 11c) After completing the tender process, Council awarded Cornwall Gravel Limited a $1,653,441 contract for construction of 400 meters of road and installing a...

It's "No-Mow May"!

Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 02:25 PM

Support our local bee population by participating in "No-Mow May". All you need to do is let your lawn grow for the entire month of May.

The Township of Russell, with the support of the Environmental Advisory Committee, encourage you to participate! As part of the initiative, our Public Safety and Enforcement Officers will not enforce grass cutting from May 1 to 31 each year.

According to Alana Pindar, a pollinator expert from the University of Guelph, it is vital for many flowers that we...

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