News and Press Releases

September 21st 2019


Russell, ON – At the Russell Heritage Festival on Saturday, September 21st 2019, the Township of Russell unveiled the first four plaques as part of the new Historical Plaque Program.

The municipal program seeks to commemorate historically significant buildings, properties, or people within the Township of Russell. Sites recognized include the Great Russell Fire in 1915 near the Old Registry Office, the historic St. Andrew’s and St. Paul’s United Church Cemetery, the newly renamed County bridge in honour of the early milling industry started by the Carscadden family, and the Church Museum Building at the Keith M. Boyd Museum being the oldest public building in the Township.

Speakers included Warden Kirby, from the United Counties of Prescott and Russell; Pierre Leroux, Mayor of the Township of Russell, various members of the Russell and District Historical Society; and Barry Carscadden, representing the Carscadden family.

Each bronze plaque, designed and manufactured through John Jackson of Things Made, has a historical photo and bilingual text describing the site’s historical significance. To relay the complete stories of each site, there are further details and older photos available on the Township’s website. As the program progresses, additional features such as tour maps and YouTube videos of resident’s stories will be incorporated.

The Township anticipates the program will grow to 20 plaques within the next 5 years, creating a network of the Township’s history across all villages. The goal of this program is to tell the story of the Township, and to foster an interest and understanding of our community’s roots. The program is not only an investment to preserve the Township’s history, but will also be a tourism activity for visitors and residents alike.

The project was able to begin with the assistance of and through a partnership with the Russell and District Historical Society, which is why the first four locations are within the village of Russell. The Historical Society dedicated many hours to researching the events and retrieving historical photos for the plaques, in addition to financially contributing to these plaques. The Township looks forward to continue working with this group and other organizations for future historical plaques across all villages as the program progresses.

A new plaque in the program for the village of Embrun is already in the planning stages, thanks to a partnership with a local french club.

The Township invites members of the public to provide their suggestions for future sites for consideration through the Historical Plaque Program by contacting Any information regarding the suggested site is appreciated.

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September 20, 2019


Embrun, ON – The Township of Russell kicked-off the construction of a new paramedic services building with a ground-breaking ceremony late Friday morning.

The ceremony marks the start of a $2.2 million dollar project for a new 7,000 square-foot building at 371 New York Central Avenue. The new building’s design includes four vehicle bays.

As part of the Township’s Strategic Plan to build new infrastructure, this new station will help accommodate the building needs for both the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) and the Township of Russell. The new station will assist the UCPR Paramedic Services to grow their fleet and modernize their infrastructure to respond to their 6% annual increase in calls and demand for services.

The Township will be entering in a 20-year lease agreement with the UCPR for the new building. The UCPR Paramedic Services are expected to begin their occupancy at the new station in the spring of next year.

Bourgon Construction Ltd will undertake the construction of the new station. Colliers Project Leaders, who also are also leading the building design, will supervise the project.
The Township of Russell and the UCPR look forward to seeing the completion of the new paramedic services building in the coming months.

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November 6, 2018


Embrun, Ontario - Monday, November 5, 2018, at the Council meeting, the amount donated to Friends for Life was revealed following the Local Flavours Rendez-Vous.

The event organized by the Economic Development Department took place on October 13, 2018, at the Embrun Community Centre. The 22 booths had the chance to introduce their products to more than 450 attendees during the event.

The Local Flavours Rendez-Vous is also a fundraiser for a local association. Among the proposals we received from community members, the selection committee chose Friends for Life as this year’s beneficiary, who received $7,874.22 from the Township of Russell and another $ 2,000 from Caisse populaire Nouvel-Horizon with their Community Involvement Program, for a grand total of $9,874.22. This non-profit organization is mandated to raise funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and to support our survivors. The theme of this third edition was Survivor in celebration of breast cancer survivors.

“This event, that bring people from our community together, including our local producers, was once again this year a huge success. We would like to thank all the volunteers, employees and sponsors who helped us organize the third edition of the Local Flavours Rendez-Vous.” Shared Dominique Tremblay, Director of Planning, Building and Economic Development.

We would like to thank all of our sponsors for their generous contribution - Caisse populaire Nouvel-Horizon • Bertrand Plumbing & Heating Inc • Campbell & Sabourin LLP/s.r.l. • Chez Lili Party Rentals • Cooperative Hydro Embrun • Frigid Rentals • KB Media Corp • Lexine Ménard Photographie • Luc Lavoie Design & Drafting • Mélanie Construction • Oligo Group • Robert Excavating • Lions Club of Russell • Maisons SACA Homes • 417 Bus Line Ltd.

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September 7, 2018



Russell Township welcomes the community to join them in tasting and celebrating regional beer, wine and food producers. 

Embrun, Ontario - The department of Economic Development invites the community to encourage regional producers and sample their offerings.

Some of the producers participating include
Foodland, Tuque de Broue, Marché Bonichoix, Cassel Brewery, Traiteur la Bonne Bouffe, Sandbanks Winery and Garland Sugar Shack.

This event will be held on October 13th from 4 to 10 pm at the Embrun Community Centre located at 8 Blais Street in Embrun.

This initiative supports our Economic Development Strategic Plan, which recommends that we create and implement a campaign to encourage local purchases by organizing activities such as festivals and fairs.

Last year, 22 vendors had the chance to introduce their products to more than 600 attendees. With the goal of promoting businesses and their products, this event is also a fundraiser for a local association. The association selected this year is Friends for Life where their mandate is to raise money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and to provide support to our local survivors.

“"The Economic Development Department is proud to invite you to the 3rd edition of the Local Flavours Rendez-Vous. This event not only showcases local businesses, but it also supports a great cause. ” shared the Director of Economic Development, Planning and Building, Dominique Tremblay.

The official sponsor of the event is Caisse populaire Nouvel-Horizon. We wish to thank all of our sponsors for their generous contribution. 

Tickets are available at the Town Hall, Expérience, Foodland, Gourmet Academy, Tuque de Broue & Russell PharmaChoice.

  • $ 15 until October 9, 2018 (limited quantity)

  • $ 20 at the door (limited quantity)

  • $ 2 per token (for sale at entrance only, cash only)

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August 13, 2018


Embrun, Ontario – Monday, August 13, 2018 – Smoother and safer roads are being built in Russell Township thanks to the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF).

The communities in Russell Township has benefited from this funding project to help create modern infrastructure that attracts new businesses and promotes economic growth. 

On average, the GTF funding that Russell Township receives supports the resurfacing of approximately 7,000 metres of road per year. 

The specific road projects completed this year include the resurfacing of Route 400 between Ste-Marie and St-André, Route 400 between Macdonald and Grégoire, and St-Pierre Street between St-Guillaume and just north of Route 200. 

The total cost of these three resurfacing projects was $660,000, with $485,632 used from the GTF. 

“Local governments know best what their communities need, and the Government of Canada is proud to deliver stable, long-term funding that they count on to develop and maintain their public infrastructure,” said Francis Drouin, Member of Parliament for Glengarry—Prescott—Russell, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “Road projects like this one in Russell Township are vital towards improving traffic flow and safety for local residents.”

In 2018, Russell Township has resurfaced approximately 11,760 metres of roads, part of which was funded by the GTF. Russell Township is always working to improve its infrastructure, and funding from the GTF allows for the completion of several projects per year.

“Thanks to funding from the federal Gas Tax Fund, the Township of Russell can to continue to improve its road system year after year in order to better serve our residents and visitors,” said Pierre Leroux, Mayor of the Russell Township. 

More information on the 2018 paving projects is available online at    

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