Today we headed to Fort McMurray, ground zero of the tar sands project. It was a five-hour drive on a highway many call "Highway to Hell," as there is an accident every week on the highway like clockwork -- numerous are fatal. But what I came to find on the highway, like much of Fort McMurray itself, was that there were more myths surrounding it than facts.
The highway was no riskier than driving on my local highway, the 401 in Toronto. As for Fort McMurray, many complain about high drug abuse levels, prostitution, violence and low civic engagement as just some of the social fabric falling apart in this town due to the tar sands rapid development. But when we arrived in Fort McMurray, the social ills seemed no different than cities in the States and Canada.