Toad Lane has been a student cooperative since the early 1970s, and a part of
CCRI since the 1990s. Activism has been a long-standing tradition, evident in the
newspaper articles featuring its residents, hundreds of books about social issues
in the library, and dozens of pieces of artwork in every corner of the house.
We have evolved into a vibrant vegan community, hosting weekly potlucks,
fundraisers, and frequent informal discussions about social justice.
Veganism is a form of nonviolent direct action which takes seriously the interests
of animals to avoid the suffering inherent in their exploitation. It looks forward
to a future where liberation struggles such as anti-racism and anti-sexism
are realized, but also where the underlying principles of justice are applied
consistently to other patterns of oppression. We oppose speciesism, which is the
assignment of different values or rights to beings on the basis of their species.
Veganism also has demonstrated health and environmental benefits, which
contribute to its role in social justice. We do not endorse forms of veganism
based on celebrity trends, weight-loss fads, or personal purity. Veganism doesn’t
mean you should fit a stereotype.
What does it mean to live in our house?
We host open vegan potlucks every Thursday attended by 10-30 people.
Cleanliness and weekly house chores are taken seriously and we strive to
continually improve our home with art, plants, and renovation projects.
We regularly host couch surfers and use our house as meeting place for
House meetings are held on a monthly basis, and often involve
communally prepared food.
We struggle to be as LGBTQ positive as possible.
Members of the house are expected to abstain from bringing new animal
exploitation products into the house. The question of old leather and
wool, or dumpster-recovered items is less a question of ethics, but more a
debate of strategy and consistency, open at this time.
We are looking for an individual, committed to veganism, who wishes to be an
engaged member of the house, the co-op, and the larger community.
_______Please check here if you are a current co-op member
Please check the terms for which you are applying
¨ Summer 2011
¨ Fall 2012
¨ Spring 2012
In order to better ensure a diversity of community, especially by
limiting the influence of existing friendships on the application
process, we have a blind application review process. To that end,
when answering the questions in the application, please try not to
include identifying information about yourself. (For example, instead
of writing “I have been coming to Toad Lane potlucks for years,” you
might write “I highly value community potlucks, and have participated
in similar events for years).
Please state in about 500 or so words your motivation for applying to our theme
In order to better ensure a diversity of community, especially by limiting the influence of existing friendships on the application process, we ask that individuals “anonymize” their relationships with the house and house members. For example, instead of writing “I have been coming to Toad Lane potlucks for years,” you might write “I highly value community potlucks, and have participated in similar events for years.”
1. Please state in about 500 or so words your motivation for applying to our theme house.
2. What have you been up to over the past year?
3. What are you passionate about and how are you engaged with it?
4. What experiences do you have living in a co-op/what are you reasons for wanting to living in a co-operative setting?
5. OPTIONAL: We value equity and inclusivity and welcome the contributions of that individuals from marginalized communities bring to our house. Please let us know if you self-identify as being a woman, indigenous person, person of colour, queer/trans-person, immigrant, or a member of an ethnic minority.*
6. OPTIONAL: What would you want us to know about you?
*Unfortunately, Toad Lane is not wheelchair accessible.