Mayors Message

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And just like that summer is over and fall has arrived!!


First of all, as usual, I want to encourage everyone to continue all safety recommendations for dealing with COVID 19.  The increase in the number of positive cases creeping closer confirms that we must continue our vigilance.  As schools reopen, under Manitoba Health guidelines, concerns for the safety of both students and employees is on our minds.  Youth and staff have returned to a very different school setting and will take some adjustment. Thank You to everyone who is and has been so proactive in our fight against COVID.  

Next, I would like to welcome Thomas McLeod as the new Economic Development Officer for the Assiniboine Valley Regional Community Development Corporation.  (This corporation –AVRCDC – is a partnership funded by both Riding Mountain West and The Municipality of Russell Binscarth, with 3 representatives from each council and 3 members from the public.  The goal of AVRCDC is to promote and assist with economic development in our region.)  Thomas comes to us with extensive experience with sourcing funding opportunities, business management, and government grant applications.  He is available to advise, assist, and seek out opportunities for any businesses.   His office is located in the Russell Civic Center.   If you have any questions please call 204-773-2253 or email him at

Finally, Council realizes that the main streets in our towns need much repair work.  These streets are owned and maintained by Manitoba Highways.   They are aware of the issues but make no commitment for a time line of repair.


With the arrival of autumn, all of the ‘fall work’ has begun – yard and garden clean up and the harvesting of crops.  Let's hope that nice weather prevails, and everyone can get their crops in.

Stay safe and help each other stay safe.


(September 10th, 2020)