Growing up, Alison Steel agonized over the reality that her mother was never able to recognize her as her daughter, and that from the time Alison was five years old. It was only when Steel was able to access her mother’s medical records, much later on, that she realized what had happened to her mother and was able to forgive her. Over the years, the two had a relationship, but Steel describes her mother as being devoid of emotion. As was recently explored in a report by senior CBC investigative reporter Elizabeth Thompson, Steel’s mother was one of the victims of a heinous human experiment conducted and supervised by Dr. Ewen Cameron at the Allan Memorial Institute of McGill University during the 1950’s. According to Thompson’s report, and past reporting by former Fifth Estate host Adrienne Clarkson, many of the patients treated by Cameron and his team of psychiatrists were being used as human subjects for experimentation in a brainwashing project that was a collaboration of the CIA, McGill University, the Rockafeller Institute. See full story in the May 29 edition of the Brome County News.