The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.At the risk of repeating my last editorial, I’m going to reaffirm my belief that 2006 will be a banner year for Canada’s new media industry.  On the heels of last year’s news that the CRTC will create a new media directorate, the public sector and producer communities are coming up with initiatives of their own. For instance, buoyed by an upcoming $50-million investment by US communications titan Liberty Media Corp., Toronto’s FUN Technologies is in full acquisition mode with this month’s bid for mobile game developer Octopi LLC (see story on p.1). Meanwhile, this year will see two new media associations roll out new events aimed at showcasing the available talent pool. Ontario’s New Media Business Alliance (NMBA) is introducing iSummit, a three-day forum focused on the business side of the industry (see p.5). In Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan New Media Developers Association (SNMDA) is fighting back against funding cuts and bias toward more established media with its own event (full story on p.4). Most impressively, the SNMDA has secured the participation of Sherpa Games president and CEO Warren Currell, a high-profile deal broker in the gaming world. What do all of these developments mean? In the case of FUN Technologies, it means "old media" firms are once again venturing back into interactive entertainment – and bringing their chequebooks with them. With their move into more in-depth events, the NMBA and the SNMDA are showing a determination to win more business for their constituents and generally further the cause of the industry. If this momentum continues, 2006 might be the year that dormant sources of new media funding – such as the SaskTel New Media Fund and the interactive component of the Canadian Independent Film and Video Fund – gain a new lease on life. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.