In case you missed it: Yesterday, on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, Liberal MP Randy Boissonnault, special adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on LGBTQ2 issues, released a statement that says the Canadian government will officially and publicly apologize before the end of 2017 to Canadians who have been persecuted by the federal government in the past because of their sexuality. Stay-tuned to The Hill Times today for more on this commitment. Happening around the Hill: CBC News reported yesterday that the federal government will be releasing a discussion paper today which will outline how it plans to impose a national carbon tax, and how this will be implemented in co-operation with provinces and territories that have unique and varied carbon price plans. A government press release states that officials from Environment and Climate Change Canada and Finance Canada will be holding a technical briefing at 12 noon (all times local) at the National Press Theatre to "provide details on next steps in the Government of Canada’s work with provinces and territories to address climate change and support economic growth." Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna is scheduled to hold a press conference immediately following the briefing. The group Famous 5 Ottawa is holding a luncheon event at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa at 11:45 a.m. to honour Anne McLellan, the former deputy prime minister of Canada and the country's first minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. Ms. McLellan has also worked as the chair of the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, which released its framework to end the prohibition of cannabis in December 2016. Famous 5 Ottawa is a foundation that celebrates and recognizes the achievements of inspiring women. Nationwide news-makers: Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, as the RMC Chancellor, will be at the Royal Military College in Kingston to present approximately 300 graduating students with their bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The graduation ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. at the Kingston Military Community Sports Centre’s Anderson Field House. Marc Garneau, minister of Transport, will be at the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce luncheon today to deliver a speech about the future of freight rail in Canada and to outline more specific measures included in the Transportation Modernization Act tabled on May 16. Afterwards, Mr. Garneau will hold media availability. The event will take place at the Sutton Place Hotel, beginning at 12:30 p.m. The Senate Committee on Human Rights is in Montreal today, where it will hold public hearings as part of its study on the human rights of prisoners in the correctional system, which it launched in February 2017. The group will hear from a panel of subject matter experts and then hold town hall-style consultations with the public. The public hearings begin at 6 p.m. and the town hall is scheduled for 8 p.m. Both events will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Montreal. Ms. McKenna, is holding a virtual town hall on Facebook with high school students from across the country. As part of the GreenLearning Canada Foundation Climate Action 150 project, the students (who have been studying climate change in their communities, and have come up with possible solutiations and strategies to reduce climate change) will report their recommendations during the live event. The live stream will take place at 12 p.m. (EST) on the GreenLearning Canada Facebook Page. Around the world: Prime Minister Trudeau will start his day in Seattle, Washington where he'll meet with Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington at 9 a.m. Afterwards, Mr. Trudeau heads to British Columbia to visit Electronic Arts Canada's Capture Lab at 1 p.m. and participate in a roundtable at the Lab with technology leaders from Vancouver and the Vancouver Economic Commission. The discussion will begin at 1:30 p.m. Karina Gould, minister of Democratic Institutions, is in Buffalo, New York where she will meet with business leaders, innovators, and U.S. government representatives. Speaking of the U.S: the American Justice Department appointed a special counsel yesterday to investigate alleged ties between the Donald Trump administration and Russian officials. Robert S. Mueller III, a former prosecutor and FBI director is taking control of the investigation.