The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.If a new media fund gets relaunched in a vacuum, will anyone know? Not necessarily, if two government-affiliated bodies are in charge. Earlier this year, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) teamed up to replace their separate initiatives providing grants for interactive projects that meld art and science. The resulting New Media Initiative, launched in April (CNM, April 1/05), offers Canada Council funding worth as much as $60,000 per year for a maximum of three years, while NSERC doesn’t set a ceiling for grants. That’s big money, and of major interest to Canada’s new media players and the people who serve them, such as Canadian NEW MEDIA. The Canada Council’s web site states that the results will be announced in October. By the time many of you get around to reading this, Halloween will have come and gone. We’d love to tell you who won a grant, for how much, and for what kinds of projects, but our phone calls to the Canada Council’s media section are going unanswered. The web site also states applicants’ identities are protected by the Privacy Act, and that "all other information may be accessible under the Access to Information Act." Perhaps not revealing names of individuals receiving funding is fine and well - although there aren’t too many other taxpayer-funded organizations that refuse to divulge who they’re giving grants to - but why should we have to pry information out of the Canada Council regarding a program that’s open to public submissions? No doubt both the Canada Council and NSERC received a multitude of applications, and may even be a bit behind in processing them. That’s fine: delays are forgivable and understandable. A complete lack of communication is not, however.