Ontario’s program was one of many international efforts aimed at measuring whether a broader implementation of UBI can effectively combat swelling poverty and inequity. The sudden termination of the program pulls the rug out from under its 4000 participants, who are some of Ontario’s most economically disenfranchised citizens, dependent on their monthly cheques. It also deprives researchers of the data required to examine UBI’s efficiency as an anti-poverty measure. If Annie Lowrey — economic policy reporter and contributing editor at The Atlantic — had Ford’s ear, she surely would have pressed him to reconsider.