Leave Our Small Town Alone

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Camille LAFORTUNE
1 year ago
Garder le nom "Russell" serait une sage décision. Il faut plutôt apprendre de notre histoire au lieu de l'effacer.

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Willa P0tter
1 year ago
We need to change behavior not names

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Ann-Marie Brosseau
1 year ago
Because the world is getting ridiculous. It’s a town name. The bad was done in the past. Get over yourselves.

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John Tanguay
1 year ago
We cannot, nor should we, erase our past. Learning from our mistakes is part or growing as a society. What someone did 250 years ago, which was acceptable at the time, does not reflect who we have become. We have come a long way since then and we still have much to learn.

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Jean Eagles
1 year ago
The name should remain as is. I now live here

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glen barton
1 year ago
It makes no sense! This idea of trying to make 19th century history adhere to 21 century morality is ridiculous. The slave trade was wrong. Canada abolished it in 1793. Peter Russell was not worthy of having his name attached to anything. However, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to correct a 200 year old mistake seems like a really stupid way to spend our money. Before this was brought up, I will bet very few people had ever even heard of Peter Russell. So take away all references to him, or find someone named Russell who more deserving!

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Jeff Johnston
1 year ago
I was raised in this area.

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Diane MacInnis
1 year ago
History can not be erased but must stay and be taught so it will never be repeated

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Kelly Crothers
1 year ago
I have family who grew up in Russell, ON and who have lived there all their lives. Not ever has the fact that "Russell" just happened to be named after someone who just happened to be racist, was ever thought of or considered. Leave Russell, ON alone. There is absolutely no need to change the name of this town or any other city or town, just because the government or people of that era decided to name a place after a particular person or family. Let's leave history where it is, and not have to feel like we have to control the past. If you want to concentrate your efforts on something, how about focusing on the future instead?!

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Kate Barton
1 year ago
It is a misuse of my money and rights to make such a change of name. I am a lifelong resident of Waterloo Region making a mistake moving to Ottawa area. I choose to stay because it is peaceful and pretty but will not stay to see my tax dollars used in this manner. I love Waterloo to much to waste the minutes of my life here if this change takes place. Listowel would be my choice of place or Paris , Ontario.