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Dear, <<First Name>>.

Hello again (and welcome to new readers!)

Covid-19 has slowed us down a bit but we have gotten into Zoom and are starting to organize that way as you'll see below.

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take care,
Jake Morrison for
Concorde Cohousing

September - October Events

Our next information session is:
 September 29th, 2020, 7-9 pm - via Zoom. 

(Click poster image to register on Eventbrite)

Our next social is:
September 26th, 2020, 3-5 pm - BBQ in Britannia Park
All are welcome to join us.
RSVP  for details if you would like to come.

Our next business meeting is:
October 8th, 2020, 7-9 pm - via Zoom. 
Serious prospective members are welcome to join us. 
RSVP if you would like to come.

Our next study meeting is:
October 1st, 2020; 7-9 pm  - via Zoom
Private but serious prospective members are welcome to join us. 
RSVP if you would like to come.
We are doing a paper study on the possible use of an existing building complex for cohousing. This will be the beginning of the third phase of the study, The Design Charrette, where we attempt to fit what we want and need in our community into existing structures and land.

Internal Meetings
Communications, Membership, Outreach & Process (CMOP); Legal / Finance and Site Search – These meetings are open to those on the membership track. If you have a suggestion for one of these specific groups, please get in touch!


Introducing ...

Diana Arbour

Diana is a member of the Concorde Site Search Circle.

I was born in Asyut, Upper Egypt, and grew up in wartime England, evacuated with a boarding school to near the Welsh border. Later I went to the City of London Freemen’s School and London University (Royal Holloway College).

After graduating I spent a year in Paris as an auditrice at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, while teaching English for my keep.

I met my husband Leslie, a Canadian, while he was doing his Ph.D. at London.  Before the birth of our  three kids, Carol, Adriane and Julian, I worked as a newspaper researcher (extricating background for newly-breaking national and international stories) and afterward spent most of my time raising the family in England, Canada, and the United States.  Married to a writer/philosopher/university professor, I did not spend more than a few years in any one place until we came to Ottawa in 1977.

My husband died in 2014.

From 1977 on I have worked with writers’ cooperative Steel Rail Publishing, helped in the earlier type, ”layout” and paste phase of Sandy Hill’s Image, and volunteered in various other capacities, including with the Peace and Environment Resource Centre and its publication the PEN (Peace and Environment News).

Right now I am living with my daughter at Almonte near Ottawa and look forward as cohousing in Ottawa, 
particularly Concorde, continues growing, acquires property, and becomes better recognized and appreciated.

I own and read a lot of books in various fields. 

Expert Corner

Grace Kim's TED talk on How cohousing can make us happier (and live longer) with 2.3M views


Blog Entry of Note

Cheryl Gladu's brief Introduction to Cohousing (Collaborative Housing) is a clear and concise introduction of cohousing.  She is one of Cohousing Solution (principal Katie McCamant) 500 Communities affiliates.

Concorde doings:

Canada Day BBQ

We had a socially distanced BBQ on Canada Day and it was great to see each other again after our group walk on Victoria Day. Mary finally christened her portable Coleman BBQ after 4 years during which the BBQ lived sadly in garages and lockers.  Elliot did a fantastic job putting it together and serving as grill master.  Some people brought their own food, some brought food to be grilled and some brought food to share.  We had a lot of fun eating and talking to catch up on our lives.  

The Prototype Study

We have been pursuing a fascinating paper exercise to see if we can envisage an existing property becoming a cohousing project. The advantages over a new-built project might be lower cost and quicker move-in (we'll see). The main disadvantage is that you have to deal with what already exists and the accessibility that we are committed to can be a difficult and expensive retrofit.

Happy to help.

Contact us at or me at

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