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Road Closure — Route 300, from St Thomas Road to St Pierre Road

Posted on Wednesday, August 03, 2022 11:36 AM

Please take note of the following road closure.

  • When: Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at 11:30a.m. to Friday, August 5, 2022 at 4:00p.m.
  • Where: Route 300 from St Thomas Road to St Pierre Road
  • Why: Road Resurfacing

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

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Caribbean Carnival

Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2022 04:43 PM

Did you know the Toronto Caribbean Carnival, formerly known as Caribana, is a festival of Caribbean culture and traditions held each summer in the city of Toronto?

This Caribbean tradition of parading through the street was founded in celebration of freedom and emancipation from slavery and is appropriately celebrated on what has been recognized by the Canadian government as Emancipation Day weekend.

The Township of Russell has many families from caribbean descent. With the support of the Community,...

Things to Do in the Township This Summer

Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2022 02:00 PM

Are you looking for some summer activities? Explore your community!

  1. Travel along our beautiful Recreational Trail.
  2. If you have kids, bring your kids to our Splash Pad.
  3. Play tennis/pickleball at our Tennis Courts.
  4. Drop-in for public turf time at our Sports Dome.
  5. Relax at one of our colourful Parklets.
  6. Enjoy an afternoon on river by the Boat Launch.
  7. Reserve a lane at the Bowling Hall.
  8. Drop-in for public swim at our Outdoor Pool.
  9. Rent a bicycle from our Sports Dome.
  10. Visit our Historical Plaques for...

Open Call for Photographers: 2022 Russell Township Photography Expo!

Posted on Friday, July 22, 2022 04:26 PM

We invite hobby, amateur, and professional photographers to submit their images for the Township of Russell Photography Expo!

Submission Deadline: Monday August 22, 2022 at 11:59 PM.
Exhibition: Friday September 10, 2022. 

This year’s theme is “Hometown Future.” Consider where you might imagine our hometown is headed. What has changed, what is changing, and what will forever stay the same? Who is going to be a part of the future of our hometown? How does one visually represent both nostalgia...

Door-To-Door Dog Tag Sales

Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 02:00 PM

Did you know all dogs must be registered and always wear their dog tag in the Township of Russell?

If you are a new dog owner, a new resident, or if you have a dog that has not been registered with the Township, it’s not too late! An officer from our Public Safety and Enforcement Department will be going door-to-door this summer with dog tags for sale. We can also answer questions about our Animal Care and Control By-law.

We know how easily dogs can wander due to fireworks, other animals, or their...

National Drowning Prevention Week

Posted on Monday, July 18, 2022 08:30 AM

National Drowning Prevention Week is the Lifesaving Society’s annual drowning prevention awareness event. With over 400 Canadians drowning in preventable water-related incidents annually, drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional death among Canadians under 60+ years of age. Even one drowning is one too many.


  1. Stay within arm’s reach! Adults should always be within arm’s reach of young children when in or near the water. The majority of drownings in children under 5 years...

Officers on Bike Patrol

Posted on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 02:15 PM

The Township’s Public Safety and Enforcement Officers patrol the community nearly everyday. Over 20 years ago, to better serve the community, the Township of Russell started a bicycle patrol initiative.

Thanks to bike patrol:

  • we reduce our gas emissions and impact on the environment;
  • we set a positive example for helmet use and bike safety;
  • we can better connect with the community; and,
  • we patrol trails, parks, special events, and other areas we cannot easily access by vehicle.

If you see one of...

Road Closure — Hamilton Road, from Route 200 to Craig Street

Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 09:50 AM

Please take note of the following road closure.

When: Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at 7:00a.m. to Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at 4:00p.m.
Where: Hamilton Road from Route 200 to Craig Street
Why: Culvert Replacement
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Sidewalk Improvements Ongoing

Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2022 02:06 PM

Pedestrian safety is important to you, and a priority for the Township.

As part of our projects in 2022, we are installing Tactile Walking Surface Indicators (TWSI) along our sidewalks and crossings within subdivisions. The 2022 Budget has $395,000 dedicated to this accessibility improvement project, which includes $20,000 for a new sidewalk.

A TWSI looks like a flat metal plate with raised bumps. You can feel the bumps under your feet or with an assistive cane, alerting of possible hazards. These...

Fireworks in the Township of Russell

Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2022 09:29 AM

As the holidays approach, you might be planning some fireworks.

Only "consumer fireworks" are now allowed during specific days and times of the year in the new Fireworks By-law. 

Consumer fireworks spark

The category of “consumer fireworks” means your fireworks are low hazard and only reach a maximum height of three (3) meters from the ground when they are set off or explode. If you want firework explosions taller than three meters high, you are required to contact the Public Safety and Enforcement Department....

Public Pool Opens Next Week

Posted on Friday, June 24, 2022 03:56 PM

Our Public Pool officially opens Monday, June 27 for the summer season!

Public swim sessions will start on Tuesday, June 28. Reservations are not required but will guarantee your spot if we reach the maximum capacity of the pool.

Registration is still open for swimming lessons or our Barracudas Swim Team.

Visit our Public Pool and Swimming Lessons webpage for more details.

You will find the outdoor public pool at 288 Castor Street in Russell.

Did you know the future Recreation Complex should include...

2SLGBTQIA+ Pride Month

Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2022 02:20 PM

Happy 2SLGTBQIA+ pride month! Beginning in June until September, 2SLGBTQIA+ communities and allies will come together in many cities throughout the summer to highlight the resilience, talent, and contributions of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. With the help of our Community, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, the Township of Russell continues to promote and foster a community where all residents and visitors feel welcome, comfortable, valued, and respected.

The acronym stands for two-spirit,...

Flags at Half Mast — National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism

Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2022 01:06 PM

On June 23, flag are half-masted on all municipal buildings and locations in the Township of Russell from sunrise to sunset to mark the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism.

National Indigenous History Month

Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 04:10 PM

National Indigenous History Month is during the month of June! The Community, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee encourage you to learn more about the rich and diverse cultures, voices, experiences and histories of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

Ask our Township Library staff for some reading suggestions, or visit the Government of Canada website.

Beautification of Community Parklets

Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 10:21 AM

Just recently, the Township’s community parklets were beautified with local art.

As part of a community art project, artists, students, and community members came together to paint the parklets on June 11 and 12, 2022. The art, displaying themes of diversity and environment, was designed by our local youth. In addition, there is a treasure hunt of 10 objects hidden inside each design. A detailed poster will be installed on site in July. This community art project was developed in partnership with...

Two New Historical Plaques in Embrun

Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 12:06 PM

Press Release

For immediate distribution

Embrun, Ontario – On Wednesday, June 15, 2022, the Township of Russell unveiled two new plaques in Embrun as part of the Historical Plaque Program.

The two new plaques commemorate the St-Jacques Church and the New York Central Railroad. Speakers included Mayor Pierre Leroux, Father Michel, Priest of the St-Jacques Church, and Laurier Lemieux, President of the St-Jacques Parish.

The St-Jacques Church is recognized for the role the Catholic Church played in...

Mayor's Statement on Villa Fleur Ange

Posted on Thursday, June 16, 2022 04:13 PM

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Office of the Mayor
June 16, 2022

Dear Residents, 

I was as surprised as many of you to hear of the unfortunate situation at the Villa Fleur Ange in Embrun this past week.  When Township received a complaint from the Retirement Home Regulatory Authority (RHRA), municipal staff conducted an immediate investigation, practically and professionally. Once the building and fire departments deemed the situation an "immediate threat to life”, they immediately coordinated with local stakeholders...

Closure of Villa Fleur Ange

Posted on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 01:47 PM

The Township of Russell is aware of the closure of Villa Fleur Ange on St-Jacques Road, Embrun.

We understand the closure of the residential care facility is sudden and disruptive to residents living in the facility. Unfortunately, the closure is vital to ensure the safety and well-being of residents. There are urgent concerns relating to the Ontario Fire Code and Ontario Building Code.

The United Counties of Prescott Russell (UCPR) Social Services and the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) are coordinating...

Bridge on St-Joseph Road Replaced

Posted on Thursday, June 09, 2022 04:15 PM

The bridge replacement project on St-Joseph Road is now complete. This major project has been in design since 2020, and construction budgeted at $955,000 ongoing since February of this year.

All bridges in the Township are inspected once every two years by an engineer, following guidelines in the Ontario Structure Inspection Manual. The engineer’s report identifies the condition of municipal bridges, which allows the Township to financially plan and prepare for future repairs or replacements.


New Bike Rentals Program

Posted on Wednesday, June 08, 2022 02:11 PM

You can now rent bicycles at the Sports Dome!

Whether you’re looking for a fun activity or wishing to explore parts of the Township of Russell with friends and family, the bike rental program is a fun, flexible, cost-effective and eco-friendly way to navigate through town.

Cyclists wishing to make a rental can choose from a fleet of 8 bicycles of different sizes for adults and kids. The brand-new bikes have seats that can be adjusted for height and can be rented on an hourly basis for $10 and include...

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