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?!