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February, 22, 2017

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On Jan. 1, Taiwan will begin enforcing a ban on killing stray animals at public shelters. The Council of Agriculture said last week it wouldn't delay the implementation of the no-kill policy, but it fell short of explaining how it would go about making such a policy reality
 
The military power balance across the Taiwan Strait has been tipped sharply in favor of the People's Republic of China over the past couple of years.
 
Kuomintang (KMT) Legislator Huang Chao-shun (黃昭順) recently became embroiled in a row with the KMT party caucus after she led a charge at the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) last week but found no supporters for her cause.
 
Referendums allow citizens to engage in direct democracy, giving the electorate a voice on controversial issues. The Referendum Act was expected to do just that: to give the people a chance to express their political views, while limiting the power of legislative bodies.
 
The Legislature has just revised a law to substantially raise the fines and penalties for illegal transportation services.
 
Taipei City's new decision to classify those making NT$22,207 a month as low- and medium-income households reflects the scale of the challenges facing Taiwan's economy -- and it provides an opportunity to catapult these issues to the forefront of public consciousness.
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Taipei Rapid Transit Corp. (TRTC) on Tuesday canceled its plan to issue a monthly unlimited-use pass for Taipei's Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system. The pass was previously scheduled to go on sale starting Jan. 1.
 
Later this month, Shinzo Abe will become the first Japanese leader to visit Pearl Harbor. He will be in Honolulu on Dec. 26 and Dec. 27 to visit the site of the surprise Japanese attack, which took place on Dec. 7, 1941 and began what Emperor Hirohito called the Great East Asia War.
 
Donald Trump is at it again. He has now applied his habit of speaking off the cuff and letting others pick up the pieces to the "One China" policy -- a cornerstone principle, (whether we like it or not,) that has shaped the so-called status quo across the Taiwan Strait.
 
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Yu Mei-nu promised more than 250,000 marriage equality supporters gathered at Saturday's rally that she would ensure an amendment legalizing same-sex marriage would be sent for a second reading by Dec. 26.
 
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