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Gloves Are Off in Conflicts between New And Old Mayors  (2015.01.20, China Post)

The gloves are off less than a month after winners of the local government election last year officially took over on Dec. 25. In part to reflect the wave of public discontent that ushered them to their posts, two mayors from the pan-green camp are eager to show progress as fast as possible.


Ko Aims to Scrap NT$30 Bil. Project, Residents Frustrated  (2015.01.16, China Post)

Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) acknowledged in a meeting yesterday with Taipei City Councilor Ho Chih-wei (何志偉) that he wants to scrap the current development plan for Shetze Island (社子島), a plot of land located between the Tamsui and Keelung rivers and instate a new, more feasible plan that will complete the project sooner, according to Ho.


Canadian Parliamentarians to Visit Taiwan to Promote Ties (2015.01.16, Focus Taiwan)

A group of Canadian parliamentarians will arrive in Taiwan Saturday on a one-week visit to learn more about the development in bilateral ties, which Taiwan hopes will help to advance relations between the two countries.


Connect with Peers And Expand Your Network (2015.01.16, FCM)

(Source: The news is provided by Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) of Canada.) Over 80 per cent of past conference delegates report that they made valuable new connections with peers who share similar challenges and opportunities.


Tainan City Council Censures Mayor Lai for Boycotting Meeting (2015.01.15, Focus Taiwan)

The Tainan City Council passed a motion to censure Mayor Lai Ching-te for his absence from a special session on Thursday as city officials said Lai did not show up at the city council due to procedural controversy.


Rural Fire Teams Kept Busy (2015.01.15, LGNZ)

(Source: This news is shared from Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) of New Zealand.) Rural fire teams throughout the Region have attended 18 fires since Christmas, including three significant ones.


2015 State Legislative Session Calendar (2015.01.15, NCSL)

(Source: This news is shared from National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) of USA.) The map below provides information on legislative sessions in each state, district and territory.


Taipei City Government Mulls Cancellation of Subsidies for Youbike (2015.01.13, China Post)

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je said Saturday his government will soon discuss whether to continue subsidizing the city's popular bicycle rental system, as the program is expected to run out of funds in April or May.


Municipal Cooperation Program (2015.01.13, FCM)

(Source: The news is shared by Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) of Canada.) For the past five years, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), the Union des municipalités du Québec (UMQ) and the city of Montreal, with support from the Government of Canada, have been working together to develop a unified response on the part of all Canadian municipalities to the earthquake that devastated Haiti.


NCSL Task Force: Marketplace Fairness Act Superior to Origin Sourcing (2015.01.13, NCSL)

(Source: This news is shared from National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) of USA.) Every state provides services that we, as constituents, enjoy and it is up to each state to decide how to pay for these services.

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