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 PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
THIRD  ANNUAL REPORT
OF the
PUBLIC UTILITIES
.  COMMISSION
pursuant to section G4 of the
PUBLIC UTILITIES ACT
FOE THE YEAE ENDED 31 ST DEOEMBEE
1941
-■hinted by
authobity of the legislative assembly.
VICTORIA, B.C.:
Printed by Charles F. Banfield, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
1942. Victoria, B.C., February 28th, 1942.
To His Honour the Lieutenant-Governor in Council
of the Province of British Columbia.
May it please Your Honour:
Sir,—We have the honour to transmit herewith, in accordance with section 64 of
the " Public Utilities Act," the Third Annual Report of the Public Utilities Commission
under that Act for the year ended December 31st, 1941.
PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION.
W. A. Carrothers,
Chairman.
L. W. Patmore,
Commissioner.
J. C. MacDonald,
Commissioner. CONTENTS OF REPORT.
Page.
Report  :     5
Schedule B. Particulars of Regulations made during 1941     5
Schedule C. Applications and Complaints—
Part I.—Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity     5
Part II.—Filing or Amendment of Rate Schedules     6
Part III.—Applications to the Commission to fix Rates     9
Part IV.—Approval of Security Issues and Mortgages     9
Part V.—Approval of Sales of Assets of Public Utility Systems  10
Part VI.—Applications to the Commission to require Public Utilities to extend
their Systems  10
Part VII.—Miscellaneous Applications and Complaints  12
Schedule D. Matters where Commission has acted on its own Motion or on Request
of Attorney-General, including Report on Progress of Appraisal of British
Columbia Electric Railway Company, Ltd  15
Schedule E. Statement of Revenue and Expenses  16  Third Annual Report of the Public Utilities Commission
under the "Public Utilities Act"
for the Calendar Year ended December 31st, 1941
The present report is made in accordance with section 64 of the " Public Utilities
Act " and does not include a report of the activities of the Public Utilities Commission
under the " Motor Carrier Act." A separate report will be made at a later date under
section 36 of the " Motor Carrier Act."
Details of utilities over which the Commission has jurisdiction have been given in
the Annual Report for 1939, while a considerable amount of information about British
Columbia water and electric utilities has been tabulated in Schedule A of the Annual
Report for 1940. Things have not changed sufficiently in 1941 to warrant listing any
further details concerning the utility companies.
Particulars of regulations under the " Public Utilities Act " made during the year
1941 are set out in Schedule B.
Applications and complaints to the Commission and summaries of the findings of
the Commission thereon are set out in Schedule C. These are classified according to
the nature of the applications and complaints.
Summaries of the findings of the Commission in regard to matters respecting
which the Commission has acted of its own motion or upon the request of the Attorney-
General are set forth in Schedule D. This schedule also-includes a report on the
progress of the appraisal of the British Columbia Electric Railway Company, Ltd., and
its associated and subsidiary companies.
A brief statement of total revenue and expenses for the years 1940 and 1941 is
set out in Schedule E.
SCHEDULES.
SCHEDULE B.
Regulations under " Public Utilities Act " made during 1941.
Regu-
lation
No.
Date.
Date approved by
Lieut.-Governor in Council.
Subject-matter.
Date of
Publication
in Gazette.
12
Feb. 21, 1941
July 17, 1941
Filing of rate schedules for telephone
companies
Amending regulation No. 2 to include
gas
Feb. 27, 1941
13
July 18, 1941 : Order in Council No. 1029....
July 31, 1941
SCHEDULE C.
Part I.—Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity
RECEIVED, DECIDED, OR PENDING DURING 1941.
Applicant-
Date of
Application-
Particulars.
Summary of Findings
of Commission.
Bourret, Adelard.
Boyd, F. W	
Cooper, C. J	
Feb. 17, 1941
Feb. 22, 1941
Oct.     2, 1940
Operation of telephone system at Atlin	
Operation of electric power system at Clinton
Operation of waterworks system at Deroche
Feb. 19, 1941 ; granted.
Mar. 26, 1941; granted.
Not concluded in 1941,
awaiting map showing development. 0 6
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
SCHEDULE  C—Continued.
Part I.—Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity
received, decided, or pending during 1941—Continued.
Applicant.
Date of
Application.
Particulars.
Summary of Findings
of Commission.
Gibson, T. M   „..
May     7, 1941
Jan.   21, 1941
May    3, 1941
July    8, 1941
Mar. 14, 1941
June 24, 1941
Oct.   31, 1941
Construction of power plant and telephone
system at Bear River
Operation of electric power system at Clinton
Construction of steam-distribution tunnel for
heating purposes
Not concluded in 1941.
Mar. 26, 1941 ; granted.
Vancouver Hotel Co., Ltd.
May 7, 1941 ; granted.
July 26, 1941 ; granted.
West Canadian Hydro Electric
Corporation, Ltd.
Construction of new generating unit at Shu-
swap Falls, 3,000 k.v.a. cap.
Amendment of certificate of March 26, 1941,
to read 3,500 k.v.a. cap.
Enlargement and extension of systems to
supply West Kootenay Power & Light Company, Limited, power for war industries
Mar. 26, 1941 ; granted.
June 27, 1941 ; granted.
Nov. 28,1941 ; granted.
Part II.—Rate Schedules.
(i.)  Original Filings—All Classes of Service.
Applicant.
Nature of Schedule filed.
Area affected.
Date of filing.
Electric	
July   28, 1941
May     6, 1941
Apr. 10, 1941
Mar.  13  1941
pany, Ltd.
Bella Coola  	
Atlin  	
Power Company, Ltd.
Boyd, F. W 	
Electric.  	
Chilliwack 	
Water
July     9, 1941
Water          	
Telephone     _ 	
Clinton. _	
Mission  ._...
Stewart, Hyder.	
B.C. Coast
Sept. 27, 1941
Northern B.C.  Power Company,
Ltd.
Electric	
May     9, 1941
Telephone 	
Ltd., and Subsidiaries
Portland Canal Telephone & Tele
graph Company, Ltd.
Terrace.  	
Sechelt and Selma Park.	
May 5,1941
May     8, 1941
pany, Ltd.
Water
Zeballos Developments, Ltd... _	
(ii.)  Amendments and Supplements to Rate Schedules.
(a.)  Railways, Street-railways, and Tramways.
British Columbia Electric Railway
Company, Ltd.
Special freight tariff on soya-bean
meal
Special local freight tariff covering switching
New Westminster-Cloverdale.
New Westminster-Cloverdale .
Mar.     4, 1941
Aug.    8, 1941 REPORT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION, 1941.
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SCHEDULE C—Continued.
Part II.—Rate Schedules—-Continued.
(ii.)  Amendments and Supplements to Rate Schedules—Continued.
(b.)   Toll-bridges.
Applicant.
Nature of Schedule filed.
Area affected.
Date
of filing.
First Narrows  Bridge  Company,
Ltd.
Supplementary    schedule    setting
out special rates for buses
Revision of rates—truck discounts
and summer evening rates
Amendment   to   summer   evening
rates
Lion's Gate Bridge, Vancouver
Lion's Gate Bridge, Vancouver
Lion's Gate Bridge, Vancouver
Jan.
Mar.
Apr.
7, 1941
22, 1941
21, 1941
(c.)   Telephone and Telegraph Systems.
Chilliwack Telephones, Ltd	
Kootenay Telephone Company, Ltd.
Mission Telephone Company, Ltd.
North-west Telephone Company _..
Okanagan Telephone Company,
Ltd.
Telephone — revision   of  rates  to
provide for two-line monophone
service
Revision of mileage rates	
Minor changes in wording
Changes   in  wording  to   assist   in
removing cause of interference
Chilliwack	
May      7, 1941
June 25, 1941
Oct.    18, 1941
Dec.     5, 1941
June 25, 1941
Aug.     5, 1941
Oct.    18, 1941
Dec.     5, 1941
June 25, 1941
Oct.    18, 1941
Dec.      5, 1941
May     7, 1941
June 25, 1941
Oct.    18, 1941
Dec.     5, 1941
Aug.    4, 1941
Chilliwack -    __	
Chilliwack	
Cranbrook, etc	
Revision  of  rates,   reducing  long
distance,    overtime,    person   to
person
Minor changes in wording
Changes   in   wording  to   assist   in
removing cause of interference
Cranbrook, etc..	
Minor changes in wording    	
Changes   in   wording  to  assist  in
removing cause of interference
Revision   of   rates   to   provide  for
two-line monophone service
Revision of mileage rates _	
Minor changes in wording	
Changes  in  wording to assist  in
removing  cause  of interference
Revision  of  rates,   reducing  long
distance,    overtime,    person    to
person
Mission 	
Prince Rupert	
Prince Rupert   ___	
Prince Rupert.	
(d.)  Gas Systems.
British   Columbia   Electric   Power
and Gas Company, Ltd.
Victoria Gas Company, Ltd. ._	
Amendment of gas rates for shipyards
Reduction of industrial minimum
Sept.
Aug.
18, 1941
25, 1941
(e.)   Electric Power Systems.
Boyd, F. W -	
July   29, 1941
Jan.   14, 1941
June 26, 1941
July   22, 1941
British Columbia Electric Railway
Company, Ltd.
Columbia Power Company, Ltd. ..
ernment    buildings    and    small
homes
Change   of   extension    policy    in
order to  open up  area created
by King George VI. Highway
Modification    of   scheduled   rates
for month when plant was not
fully operated
Supplementary     rate     for     auto
camps on Big Bend Highway
New Westminster, Blaine _
Sechelt.	
Golden  __._ 0 8
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
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(ii.)  Amendmeni
(e
SCHEDULE C~Contin
ued,
Continued.
e Schedules—Continued
Continued.
art II.—Rate Schedules—(
"S and Supplements to Rat
)   Electric Power Systems—
Applicant.
Nature of Schedule filed.
Area affected.
Date of filing.
Reduction   of   general   and   high-
tension rates
Reduction in employees' rates
Reduction of commercial lighting
rate for hospitals
Revision   of  schedules   to  achieve
uniformity
Supplementary  schedule  covering
street-lighting
Alteration    in   discount   rate   to
Willows Hotel
Cranbrook-.. 	
Alberni, Qualicum, and territories adjacent thereto
Quesnel _  ....	
Courtenay and Campbell River
Mar.  11, 1941
National Utilities Corporation,
Ltd.
Quesnel Light and Water Cora-
-   pany, Ltd.
Vancouver Island Utilities, Ltd	
West Canadian Hydro Electric
Corporation, Ltd.
West Kootenay  Power  and  Light
Company, Ltd.
Oct.      7, 1941
Jan.   29, 1941
Feb.    15, 1941
agreement
to avoid
misunderstanding
suggested
concluded
Apr.  23, 1941
Amendment to rate schedule covering   service   to   Kelowna   Exploration Company
Rate   for   above   revised   to   8/10
cents per k.w.h.
Above   rate   further   amended   to
provide for maximum demand
Renewal of contract with  Hedley
Mascot Gold Mines
Rate for placer-mining at Princeton
Cancellation  of  rate for  placer-
mining as no customers left
Hedley 	
Hedley  	
Jan.   13, 1941
Feb.   28, 1941
Hedley  	
Mar.     4, 1941
Princeton	
in 1941
pending
complaint
of Hedley
Mascot
July   30, 1941
May   26, 1941
(/.)   Waterworks Systems.
Courtenay, Corporation of the City
of
Elk Creek Waterworks Company,
Ltd.
General Utility Company, Ltd....	
Filing of waterworks by-law and
regulations
Filing of " application for water
supply"   as   part   of   the   rate
schedules
Amendment to above	
Revision of rates for sprinkling-
Amendment to include discount-
Revised schedule of rates 	
Revision   of   rates   for   industrial
users
Reduction   of   water   rate   where
two   or   more   families   occupy
one residence
Revision of wording, no change in
rates
July     8, 1941
Chilliwack         	
July   19, 1941
Sept. 10, 1941
May   22, 1941
Matsqui Water Company, Ltd	
Mission Public Service Company,
Ltd.
Matsqui 	
Matsqui _ 	
Oct.      3, 1941
Dec.   30, 1941
June 18, 1941
Nanaimo and environs	
Nanaimo and environs 	
Sidney..... ■ 	
Sidney Water and Power Company,
Ltd.
Feb.   18, 1941
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Matter not concluded in 1941.
Matter not concluded in 1941.
Informal inquiries made ; matter not
concluded in 1941.
Matter not concluded in 1941.
July 28, 1941: Not deemed an extension, so to be settled by parties
alone. Aug. 8: Council decided
against connection.
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not completed in 1941, due to nondelivery of poles.
Oct. 16, 1941: Extension requested
by letter to Company, sufficient
customers being guaranteed; extension completed Jan. 7, 1942.
Aug. 1, 1941: Revenue insufficient
to justify extension.
Nov.  10, 1941
Dec.     1, 1941
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SCHEDULE  C--Continued.
Paet VII.—Miscellaneous Applications and Complaints.
(i.)  Applications for Permission to extend Public Utility Systems.
Where the extensions are of a substantial nature, certificates of public convenience and
necessity are required. Particulars of applications for certificates are set out elsewhere in
this report. Each public utility is required to report the particulars of smaller extensions
other than routine service connections, but where the Commission is satisfied that such extensions come within the terms of section 12a of the " Public Utilities Act," it relieves the utility
from the necessity of obtaining a certificate.
Summary of Extensions dealt with under Section 12a of " Public Utilities Act."
Class of Service.
Public Utility.
Number of
Extensions.
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B.C. Electric Railway Company, Ltd	
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Crow's Nest Pass Electric Light & Power Company, Ltd..
Cumberland Electric Lighting Company, Ltd  	
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Pacific Power and Water Company, Ltd...
Vancouver Island Utilities, Ltd 	
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Saseenos Water, Light and Power Company, Ltd..
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SCHEDULE D.
Summary of Findings of Commission where Commission has acted on its own
Motion or upon Request of the Attorney-General.
While the Commission has instituted inquiries of its own motion in order to obtain information regarding certain public utilities, these inquiries have, in general, been of an informal
nature and have not led to any specific findings. Local sittings have been held at different
places as a result of applications and complaints, and are noted elsewhere in this report in
the appropriate schedules. Where the inquiries have shown that improvement should be
made the utilities concerned have, in general, undertaken them without being required to do
so by order of the Commission. An appraisal of the property of British Columbia Electric
Railway Company, Ltd., and its associated and subsidiary companies was commenced in 1939
and completed in 1941.
British Columbia Electric Appraisal.
By an order dated August 15th, 1939, the Commission commenced an inquiry into the
rates of British Columbia Electric Railway Company, Ltd., and associated and subsidiary
companies. The associated and subsidiary companies include, among others, Bridge River
Power Company, Ltd.; British Columbia Electric Power and Gas Company, Ltd.; Burrard
Power Company, Ltd.; National Utilities Corporation, Ltd.; Royston Light and Power Company, Ltd.; the Cumberland and Union Waterworks Company, Limited Liability; Vancouver
Power Company, Ltd.; Vancouver Island Power Company, Ltd.; Victoria Gas Company,
Ltd.; and Western Power Company of Canada, Ltd. The order also provided for an
appraisal of the value of the properties of the companies, to be undertaken by the Chief
Engineer of the Commission, Mr. S. R. Weston, the costs to be borne by the companies and
amortized over a period of ten years. On September 20th, 1939, the firm of George A. Touche
& Company was appointed to assist in accounting matters connected with the appraisal.
The Commission held preliminary hearings in Vancouver, Victoria, and Port Alberni in
the spring of 1941, when all interested parties were given an opportunity to present their
problems in connection with the British Columbia Electric Railway Company, Ltd. The
investigational reports, which consisted of an appraisal by the Chief Engineer of the Commission and an accounting survey by George A. Touche & Company, were completed and
made available to interested parties on and after November 1st, 1941.
As soon as the interested parties have had an opportunity to examine the reports, public
hearings will be held in the matter of the proper rates to be charged by the B.C. Electric
and its associated and subsidiary companies.
General Utility Company, Ltd.
As a result of numerous complaints as mentioned in other schedules in this report, the
Chief Engineer of the Commission was required by an order dated October 16th, 1941, and
approved by Order in Council No. 1504, on October 27th, 1941, to make an appraisal and
investigation of the General Utility Company, Ltd., the company supplying water to Princeton, B.C.    Work on this report is in progress and will be completed by January, 1942.
West Canadian Hydro Electric Corporation, Ltd.
By an order dated October 31st, 1941, and approved by Order in Council No. 1526, on
November 4th, 1941, the Chief Engineer of the Commission was instructed to make an
appraisal and investigation of the West Canadian Hydro Electric Corporation, Ltd. Preliminary work on this investigation has been done and the report should be completed in 1942.
British Columbia Electric Railway Company, Ltd.
In order to keep the number of standing passengers within the required margin of safety
on buses operated by the British Columbia Electric Railway Company, Ltd., connected with
the street-railway system in Victoria, an order, dated December 10th, 1941, was made setting
forth the requirements in respect of standing passengers on British Columbia Electric Railway Company, Ltd., buses on Vancouver Island.
In order to bring the information obtained by the Commission's engineers and accountants
up to date, the British Columbia Electric Railway Company, Ltd., was, by an order dated
October 10th, 1941, required to submit, for the six months ended December 31st, 1939, and
for the year ended December 31st, 1940, details of additions and retirements under the same
classifications as used by the Chief Engineer in his appraisal report, and details of operating-
results under the same classifications as used by George A. Touche & Company in their
accounting survey. 0 16 BRITISH COLUMBIA.
SCHEDULE D—Continued.
Summary of Findings of Commission where Commission has acted on its own
Motion or upon Request of the Attorney-General—Continued.
Ashcroft Water, Electric, and Improvement Company, Ltd.
Commencing with a complaint, dated February 7th, 1939, the Commission made an investigation of the Ashcroft Water, Electric, and Improvement Company, Ltd., which resulted in
a revision in the rate structure to eliminate discrimination, and a reduction in certain rates.
In 1942 a further investigation was made of the Ashcroft Water, Electric, and Improvement Company, Ltd. The possibility of a further reduction in rates is under consideration
and the matter should be completed shortly.
Columbia Power Company, Ltd.—Sechelt Operation.
Due to a number of complaints from electric consumers at Sechelt, B.C., the Chief
Engineer of the Commission was instructed to make an investigation and submit a report on
the Sechelt operations of the Columbia Power Company, Ltd.
The report, which was submitted on September 24th, 1941, recommended that there should
be additional generating capacity installed.
Harrison Lake Investment Company, Ltd.
By an order dated May 7th, 1941, the Harrison Lake Investment Company, Ltd., was
required to furnish to the Commission an annual report for the year ended December
31st, 1940.
SCHEDULE E.
Comparative Statement of Revenue and Expenses, Public Utilities Commission,
Years ended December 31st, 1940 and 1941.
(" Public Utilities Act " and " Motor Carrier Act.")
Year ended December, 1940.   Year ended December, 1941.
Revenue     $149,038.19   $171,170.06
Expenses—
" Public Utilities Act"   $45,388.62 $43,935.09
" Motor Carrier Act "      69,229.50 67,952.13
     114,618.12 111,887.22
Net Revenue over Expenses  '.     $34,420.07  -  $59,282.84
victoria, B.C. :
Printed by Ciiahles F. Banfield, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
1942.
475-942-9277

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