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The NDP candidate for Vancouver False Creek is giving the Premier a big thumbs down for shelling out millions of dollars to host the Times of India film awards.
Gaming industry insider Matt Toner says there is no question the money could have been better spent elsewhere.
"And we are kind of insourcing an awards ceremony as kind of a bandaid to something that really needs a meaningful solution."
Toner says BC's film and gaming industry are both hurting and could use a strategy from the province to help revitalize the sectors.
"The timing is deeply ironic especially when you think not just the emeting that is happening tonight where there is going to be hundreds of people that have been in pretty seriosu economic trouble of late because of the circumstances here in our industry but also today THQ which is the parent company of one of our local game developers is in the final stages of their bankruptcy proceedings and we don't know how that is going to impact their local studios."
Toner says when it comes to the gaming and film industries there is no one size fits all solution.
"Well what we need is kind of a multi tiered strategy that looks at the needs of animation companies, and film people, and game people, and TV people both domestic and foreign because everyone has a slightly different set of problems. You need an engaged and meaningful strategy and as we saw from their jobs plan the BC government isn't really interested in figuring it out."
Film and gaming industry woes will be addressed in a town hall in North Vancouver this evening.
"I think it is the first time the industry has come together in this particular way and you have a lot of the unions, a lot of the producers, game people, it is going to be quite a mixed group and I think it is pushing towards kind of an interesting initiative called 'We Trade BC' there has been a lot of support for the idea of unifying instead of having separate voices we are going to try and have an integrated voice and an integrated strategy for Vancouver and the rest of the province."
The townhall will be well attended as thousands of people have already shown up and more are arriving.