They’re a bit fussy, those non-hyphenated cohousing types. We approached the Canadian Cohousing Network thinking we might join up, talk about what we were doing, learn a few things, share a few things….
Nope, they said. Sorry. You’re not cohousing. You have to live in separate houses. If you’re separate you can call yourselves cohousing, if you wanna do something crazy like share a single structure, well, that’s just not cohousing.
I’m not sure why they’re quite so strict with that definition. Maybe that’s one reason there are still only about a dozen completed cohousing communities in the whole country, with another dozen in various stages of imagination or development.
Okay. Whatever. We’ll still be co-housing, and flaunt our hyphen proudly.