Today is Wednesday, June 15. In case you missed it, here’s three noteworthy developments from yesterday: 1.The family of Robert Hall, who was murdered by a terrorist group that has been holding him captive since September released a statement that described what an adventurous and free-spirited individual he was, his love for the Philippines (where he was taken hostage by Abu Sayyaf along with another Canadian, John Ridsdel, who was killed last month), and that stated its support for the Canadian government’s policy not to negotiate with terrorists or pay ransoms. The statement read, in part: “Please know that the efforts taken to free Robert were vast and exhaustive. Every option was considered, every contact was sought. Ultimately, our efforts, and those of the various governmental agencies involved, weren’t enough. However; our family, even in our darkest hour, agrees wholeheartedly with Canada’s policy of not paying ransom to those who would seek to undermine the fundamental values with which my father lived his life. We stand with the ideals that built this Country; strength of character, resilience of spirit, and refusal to succumb to the demands of the wretched, in order to satisfy the bloodlust of the weak.” 2.According to a story by CBC, Canada is considering a request from NATO to send hundreds of soldiers to a force being formed in Eastern Europe in an attempt to quiet Russian aggression in the region. Britain and Germany have already committed to sending troops, and while the Canadian government said it supports the initiative in spirit, it is still deciding if or how it will contribute. Canadian intelligence reports say Russia is modernizing its military and is showing signs of increased armament. 3.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau visited the US Embassy in Ottawa yesterday afternoon to pay their respects to victims of the shooting tragedy in Orlando that took place in the early hours of June 12. There is a book of condolences available for Canadians to sign, which can be accessed beginning at 11 a.m. at the embassy’s Mackenzie Avenue entrance. According to reports from Canadian Press reporter Bruce Cheadle, Prime Minister Trudeau made the following entry into the condolence book: "Being friends is about celebrating in the good times, but even more about being able to lean on each other during the toughest times. "Des grands amis, toujours. "Justin Trudeau." Cheadle noted that “Sophie Trudeau then sat and took the pen, but not before Trudeau spoke the words "Courage" (French pronunciation) twice. It was not clear if this was a suggestion of what she might write, or an exhortation.” Sophie then wrote: "In solidarity, unity and peace, "Sophie" And, here's a list of some of today’s scheduled political events: Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, will make an announcement this afternoon regarding Canada’s border. This is scheduled to take place in the House of Commons foyer at 3:20 p.m. The Standing Committee on the Status of Women will hold a press conference this afternoon in connection with the release of a report coming out of a study on gender-based analysis plus. The press conference is to take place in the House of Commons foyer at 3:45 p.m. Prime Minister Trudeau has also scheduled media availability in Centre Block at 1:45 p.m. Meanwhile, Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade will hold a town hall discussion on the Trans Pacific Partnership tonight at the University of Toronto. It will take place at 6:00 p.m. and is open to the public. Several groups are set to protest the free trade agreement during this gathering, including the Council of Canadians, Leadnow, OpenMedia, Sum of Us, and Unifor. Stephen S. Poloz, the Governor of the Bank of Canada will be up North, speaking in front of the Yukon Chamber of Commerce, providing them with a progress report on the Canadian economy. The United Nations Association of Canada, national capital region branch, is holding its annual general meeting today. It will take place at the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, Room 570, Fauteux Hall, 57 Louis Pasteur, University of Ottawa from 6-7 p.m. AGM (for members of the branch). And, from 7-9 p.m. there will be a panel discussion (open to the public) on Human Rights, Refugees, and Security: The Role of the UN and Global Citizens. RSVP: email@example.com. In the House of Commons, Liberal MP Mauril Bélanger’s act to amend the National Anthem (to make the lyrics gender neutral) will be debated. This is the third reading of Bill C-210. There will also be debate on Conservative MP Ziad Aboultaif’s Canadian Organ Donor Registry Act. This is the second reading of Bill C-223. The Senate Human Rights Committee will meet at 11:30 p.m. in Room 9, Victoria Building to conduct an examination of Canada’s international and national human rights obligations. It will hear from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies director of policy Sheryl Saperia. The Special Committee on Senate Modernization will meet at 12 p.m. in Room 257, East Block in-camera to consider a draft report on its study on methods to make the Senate more effective within the current constitutional framework.