The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. Sources of new media funding in Canada are drying up faster than teenagers in bikinis disappear at the haunted summer camp. The buzz surrounding Telefilm Canada announcements, expected any day, is discouraging; the Canadian Independent Film and Video Fund has ceased funding interactivity; the Canada-TELUS New Media Learning Fund has failed to secure a renewal; the Groundbreaker Fund is supporting lowest common denominator American rip-offs; and, most damaging of all, the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund has now been bludgeoned by the CRTC with a 40% cut. Last week’s CRTC decision to not make cuts to the Canadian Television Fund, but to still forge ahead with a local programming fund, leaves new media fighting over the few scraps left (see story in this issue). There’s little hope of government relief. Instead of reacting to the consequences of the CRTC’s decision on local programming, Sheila Copps was telling a news conference on July 22 that she would continue her suicidal run for the Liberal leadership. "I’m in this race until the end. I’m in this race until November 15 and you can take that to the bank," she told reporters. That’s about all anybody in this industry is taking to the bank, either now or for the foreseeable future. It’s looking like the Donner party out there as the limited dollars broadcasters, satellite TV companies and cablecos provide for Canadian programming force television and new media producers to eat their own to stave off starvation. Canada’s broadcast policies were surely never meant to take us where we are today: with the future of Canadian drama mortgaged and little-to-no government support for a made-in-Canada approach to interactivity. It’s hard to see how the rules can result in anything other than more Canadian Idol on the Canadian television landscape. Let’s hope Copps catches up to John Manley’s superior ability to read the writing on the wall soon. The leadership race has diverted attention from urgent matters too long. Hopefully, it’s not too late.