The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. Wow. Somebody pinch me. I’ve never placed much stock in my ability to foresee the future, but the events of this week have got me wondering whether extra-sensory perception does indeed exist. In my last editorial, emboldened by news the CRTC was creating a new media directorship and media giant Liberty Media was taking a majority stake in Toronto’s FUN Technologies, I predicted that good things would happen for new media in 2006. New sources of funding would appear, and other large corporations would start to get serious about investing in interactive digital technology. I certainly didn’t expect it to kick off immediately, but that’s just what happened this past week. On January 23, we got the good news that the Telus Innovation Fund – originally announced in 2004 – would launch immediately, with its first deadline at the end of February (see story on page 3). Then, on January 31 the CRTC announced its approval of Bell ExpressVu’s request to redirect all of the pay-per-view revenue it sets aside for independent production funds to the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund. As you’ll see from the chart on page 1, the Bell Fund’s clients are overwhelmingly new media firms. Finally, as I put the finishing touches on this issue, word comes that Ontario Minister of Culture Madeleine Meilleur would deliver a speech on February 3 announcing a new incentive to promote – hopefully with more funding – the arts in Ontario, including interactive media. While details on the last announcement are scarce at present, we’ll certainly have more on the news in an upcoming issue of Canadian NEW MEDIA. And, I promise this will be the last in my impromptu series of predictions thinly disguised as editorials – I’ll just silently enjoy this fantastic start to the year.