It was pure coincidence that both meetings happened on the same day.

Fourteen participants in Ontario’s basic income pilot project met Aug. 8 at a business incubator in the south end of Thunder Bay after the Progressive Conservative government announced it would wind the program down early.

What the participants didn’t know was that four and a half kilometres away, the Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre and Kinna-aweya Legal Clinic was also holding a meeting for recipients and people who wanted to help.