The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. While researching this issue’s story on changes at Toronto’s Liberty Village New Media Centre (LVNMC), I was struck, again, by the failure of Ontario’s new media community to coalesce around a single strong association or find leadership from the provincial government. In the past several years, several Ontario groups have attempted to form as strong a community bond as that which exists in Montreal today, but it’s clear the sector is as divided and leaderless as ever. Infighting among different industry groups is partly responsible, but the Ontario government must shoulder the majority of the blame. The LVNMC – the provincial response to industry demands for leadership – is clearly in crisis. Its funding runs dry in April 2003 and there is no obvious model for maintaining it as an independent organization. No doubt, a high-profile spin campaign by the centre will emerge this fall to enunciate some clear vision, but many believe that a merger with SMART Toronto is a fait accompli. Only strong provincial funding will keep the LVNMC afloat, but that doesn’t appear forthcoming. Further, the Ontario Media Development Corp.’s leadership has been on auto-pilot for several years, and only time will tell if new personnel can re-invigorate the organization post-Adam Ostry. The Ontario new media community needs a champion at Queen’s Park similar to Bernard Landry. For several years in Quebec, funding has flowed from the capital into Montreal in amounts that astonish Upper Canadian observers. That cash is not limitless, and it’s possible that the Parti Québecois could be turfed from power and Montreal’s multimedia community would continue to thrive. The Ontario government must make some hard choices to properly fund a single industry group with which it will create new initiatives and develop workable tax credits and funding programs to create a market for innovative products and a stable base of employed, skilled workers. At the moment, however, that doesn’t appear possible, and too much effort will continue to be spent to build a strong industry association from the ground up. Too much talent, energy, and optimism with which the province’s new media entrepreneurs are born will be wasted.