On May 5, the earth moved in Alberta (we have pictures from outer space). The tremors spread all the way to Ottawa, where I live close enough to feel them, and they felt good.
So here's the question: can the Tar Sands ever be the same?
Bitumen is one of your Canadian staples -- or resources-for-export. So let's think about what staples do and don't do.
They can help you and they can hurt you. On the helpful side, there is economic growth and jobs. That, understandably, is their lure. In the case of bitumen these have been significant for the Alberta economy -- though not necessarily for the rest of the country; think Dutch disease.