Community stays connected at Emma and Christopher Lake

Tyler Clarke
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Public disconnect from one’s community or political system is easily avoided at Emma and Christopher Lake, thanks to a volunteer group of community stewards.


A water tuber is seen on Christopher Lake in this Saskatchewan Government file photo. 

Called the Emma and Christopher Lake Cottage Owners Association, past president Murray Baird summarized the group as a group of volunteers keen on helping out.

“A lot of this probably isn’t newsworthy stuff, but this is an organization that really is a good organizations for members and communities like these,” he said.

The organization held its annual general meeting over the weekend, during which Craig Fisher was elected the group’s new president.

Aside from that, the meeting served to further cement their existing efforts going forward, Baird said.

At a cost of $10 a year per member, the organization’s volunteers publish an annual newsletter (Lakers News), organize swimming lessens and help support the area’s Citizens on Patrol program.

“They cruise around and keep an eye on and report anything that they find suspicious,” he said. “Sometimes when you go up to the lake you see vehicles cruising around that maybe shouldn’t be there.”

The organization also collects feedback from the public on areas that need addressing, Baird added.

“They deal with the RM, too, but this gives us a collective body to address common large issues that you want to take forward and address with the RM.”

Although the organization’s supports are in place, Baird notes that they’re lucky to have a receptive RM (District of Lakeland) and RCMP detachment.

A lot of this probably isn’t newsworthy stuff, but this is an organization that really is a good organizations for members and communities like these. Murray Baird

The group is all about maintaining a close-knit community, he summarized.

Such an organization seldom seen in larger centres, such as Prince Albert, which is currently without a formal citizens on patrol organization or taxpayers association.

The Lakeland region’s Citizens on Patrol program noted an immediate crime reduction when it started up in 2005, with 19 break-ins on record for that year -- drastically fewer than the 96 on record for the previous year.


High water at Emma Lake

At 15 inches higher than the highest level they’d prefer to be at, the water at Emma Lake remains extremely high this week.

“I’ve been living up here for 46 years and I’ve never seen water this high in the lake,” Baird said. “Hopefully, the rain will quit.”

The Emma and Christopher Lake Cottage Owners Association is well-linked with Saskatchewan Water Authority, who regularly monitor water quality.

Although the water appears murky as a result of high water making its way into surrounding bush, there’s no danger when it comes to water quality.

Organizations: Christopher Lake Cottage Owners Association, Lakers News, RCMP Prince Albert Saskatchewan Water Authority

Geographic location: Christopher Lake, Lakeland, Emma Lake

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