Five price increases to look forward to in 2015

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      As we finally put 2014 to bed, here are a few price increases British Columbians can look forward to in the upcoming year.

      There will be a six-percent rate increase on your B.C. Hydro bill, effective April 1. (No joke.)

      MSP premiums are going up. Starting January 1, a single British Columbian earning over $30,000 a year will pay $72 per month, a $2.75 increase from 2014's premiums. Families of two earning over $30,000 will pay $130.50 (a $5 increase per month), while families of three or more will pay $144, a $5.50 increase over 2014's rates.

      Wine will cost more at restaurants. And probably everywhere else.

      The price of food will rise in B.C., perhaps by as much as 2.4 percent. (Thanks, climate change!)

      If the 2015 Metro Vancouver Congestion Improvement Tax referendum suceeds, PST in the region will increase by 0.5 percent.

      Luckily, you can still get furniture for free from apartment building parking lots.