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 PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
Seventh Annual Report
Public Utilities Commission
PURSUANT TO SECTION 64 OF THE "PUBLIC UTILITIES ACT"
For the Year ended December 31st
1945
PRINTED  BY
AUTHORITY OF THE LEGISLATIVE  ASSEMBLY.
VICTORIA,  B.C. :
Printed by Charles F. Banfield, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
1946.  Victoria, B.C., February 28th, 1946.
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 Seventh Annual Report of the Public Utilities Commission under that Act for the year ended December 31st, 1945.
PUBLIC UTILITIES  COMMISSION,
W. A. Carrothers,
Chairman.
L. W. Patmore,
Commissioner.
J. C. MacDonald,
Commissioner.  CONTENTS
Page.
Scope of Report     7
Legislation     7
Regulations     7
Operations—
New Construction and Operations, and Expansions by Public Utility Systems
Howe Sound Ferry Service	
Bus Service to Fairfield-Gonzales District of City of Victoria	
Discontinuance and Suspension of Service	
Complaints as to Service by Public Utilities	
Operation of One-man Street-cars in Vancouver.
Improvement in Extension Policies of Public Utilities     9
New Supplies of Electric Power for Lower Mainland Area     9
Rates—■
Fixation of Rates and Rate inquiries (including Free Billing Period, British
Columbia Electric Railway Company, Limited)  10
Rate Changes filed under Section 16 of " Public Utilities Act"  11
Rate Complaints  11
Security Issues, Mortgages, and Sales—
Security Issues and Mortgages 1  11
Sales of Assets of Public Utility Systems  12
Tables-
No. 1.—Applications  for   Certificates   of   Public   Convenience   and   Necessity
received or decided in 1945  13
No. 2.—Extensions dealt with under Section 12a of the " Public Utilities Act"
during 1945  14
No. 3.—Particulars of Extensions by British Columbia Electric Railway Company, Limited, during 1945  14
No. 4.—Applications to Commission to require Public Utilities to extend their
Systems, 1945 .  15
No. 5.—Applications to discontinue or suspend Service, 1945  16
No. 6.—Complaints as to Service of Public Utilities, 1945  16
No. 7.—Rate Changes consented to pursuant to  Section  16  of the  " Public
Utilities Act," 1945  16
No. 8.—Rate Complaints, 1945  18
No. 9.—Applications by Public Utilities for Approval of Security Issues and
Mortgages received or decided in 1945  19
No. 10.—Applications for Approval of Sales of Assets of Public Utility Systems
received or decided in 1945  19  Seventh Annual Report of the Public Utilities Commission
under the "Public Utilities Act" for the Calendar Year
ended December 31 st, 1945.
SCOPE OF REPORT.
This report of the Public Utilities Commission is made in accordance with section
64 of the " Public Utilities Act" and covers the calendar year ended December 31st,
1945. It does not cover the work of the Commission under the " Motor Carrier Act,"
a separate report of which is being made pursuant to section 36 of that Act.
LEGISLATION.
During the year 1945 the " Electric Power Act" came into effect. This Act provides for the acquisition and operation of electric power systems by the British Columbia Power Commission. A number of privately operated power systems have been so
acquired and are no longer subject to regulation under the " Public Utilities Act."
REGULATIONS MADE DURING 1945 UNDER THE
"PUBLIC UTILITIES ACT."
Two regulations were made under the " Public Utilities Act " during the year, one
dealing with fees and the other with the filing of tariffs.
By Regulation 16, made by the Commission on March 13th, 1945, and approved by
Order in Council No. 447 on March 17th, 1945, the fees payable for certificates of
public convenience and necessity for small waterworks systems were reduced.
By orders dated May 10th and May 21st, 1945, the Commission prescribed the
"Regulations respecting Tariffs ('Public Utilities Act')." These regulations constitute a consolidation and elaboration of previous rules as to the form and contents of
tariffs of rates of public utilities and the procedure for filing them under section 16 of
the " Public Utilities Act." As a result of these regulations, the tariffs of most public
utilities are being made more complete and more easily understood. The regulations
require that " every public utility shall keep a copy of its filed tariff, with all supplements and revisions, at its principal office and shall, on request by any person, produce
the same for inspection."
OPERATIONS.
New Construction and Operation, and Expansion
by Public Utility Systems.
New construction or operation, or expansion, of a public utility system requires
the approval or consent of the Commission under section 12 or 12a of the " Public
Utilities Act." A summary of applications for certificates of public convenience and
necessity received or decided during the year is set out in Table 1. In the case of
extensions of a more or less routine nature, such as extensions of distribution systems
to serve new customers, the Commission, pursuant to the power set out in section 12a,
relieves the public utility from the requirement of obtaining a certificate of public
convenience and necessity. A summary of extensions permitted under section 12a
is set out in Table 2. It will be noted that the majority are extensions made by the
British Columbia Electric Railway Company, Limited. Of the 282 extensions of electric
power systems permitted to this company under section 12a, 280 were extensions of
electric distribution-lines, particulars of which are set out in Table 3.    The other two
7 I 8 BRITISH COLUMBIA.
extensions were the rehabilitation of the Main Street sub-station and the installation
of additional generating capacity at Port Alberni, the new unit being obtained by
transfer from an affiliated company at Bridge River.
A number of letters were received by the Commission from persons desiring
extensions of public utility systems to serve their premises. Many of these called for
merely an explanation of the principles and terms on which the extensions should be
made.    Those which were more in the nature of complaints are summarized in Table 4.
Howe Sound Ferry Service.
Three separate applications were received in 1944 for certificates of public convenience and necessity authorizing a ferry service across Howe Sound between Gibsons
Landing and West Vancouver. After a full presentation at public hearings in Vancouver on December 18th and 19th, 1944, and January 5th, 1945, the Commission
granted a certificate to Howe Sound Transport and refused the applications of Union
Steamships, Limited, and North Shore Navigation Company, Limited. An appeal by
the latter company was subsequently withdrawn. Service was commenced by Howe
Sound Transport on November 1st, 1945.
Bus Service to Fairfield-Gonzales District of City of Victoria.
On July 23rd, 1945, the British Columbia Electric Railway Company, Limited,
applied for a certificate of public convenience and necessity authorizing the operation
of a bus service in the Fairfield-Gonzales area of the City of Victoria. The Veterans'
Sightseeing and Transportation Company, Limited, subsequently applied, under the
" Motor Carrier Act," for permission to operate a similar service. The application of
the British Columbia Electric Railway Company, Limited, had the approval of the City
of Victoria; that of The Veterans' Sightseeing and Transportation Company, Limited,
did not. Public hearings on the applications were held on August 21st, 22nd, and 23rd.
On September 6th, 1945, the application of the British Columbia Electric Railway
Company, Limited, was granted and that of The Veterans' Sightseeing and Transportation Company, Limited, refused. On an appeal by the latter, the Court of Appeal
upheld the decision of the Commission.
Discontinuance and Suspension of Service.
Two applications for discontinuance or suspension of service were dealt with during the year, particulars of which are set forth in Table 5.
Complaints as to Service by Public Utilities.
Three complaints as to service were dealt with during the year, particulars of
which are set forth in Table 6.
Operation of One-man Street-cars in Vancouver.
On March 26th, 1942, after a public hearing, the Commission ordered the British
Columbia Electric Railway Company, Limited, to purchase twenty one-man street-cars
of the P.C.C. type, and to equip the Grandview-Fourth Avenue street-car line in Vancouver with the said cars and operate them as one-man cars. The P.C.C. type of streetcar and its modifications are the most modern types available. The carrying-out of the
order was delayed due to war conditions, and when, in 1945, the company was prepared
to proceed, the employees' union requested another hearing of the matter. This was
held on May 28th, 29th, and 30th, 1945, in Vancouver.
As the union was strongly opposed to conversion of any route—and the Grandview-
Fourth Avenue route in particular—from two-man to one-man operation, the Commission arranged for its Chairman to investigate the problem at first hand by a visit
to Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, New York, and Chicago.    Statistics were prepared REPORT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION, 1945. I 9
ahead of time by the transportation utilities at Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, and
Chicago, and were presented and explained to the Chairman on his arrival. The
results of these investigations confirmed the Commission's decision that objections on
the ground of safety or speed to the conversion of the Grandview-Fourth Avenue line to
one-man operation were not justified. On July 13th, 1945, an order was accordingly
made confirming the previous order of March 26th, 1942. These orders were suspended
on August 23rd, 1945, on the joint application of the union and the company until such
time as the emergency period of transition between war and peace has terminated.
Improvement in Extension Policies of Public Utilities.
During 1945 the Commission gave particular attention to the problem of improving
the extension policies of several of the larger utilities. As a result of discussion and
negotiation with the utilities, substantial gains have been achieved.
Prior to 1945 the rural electrical extension policy of the British Columbia Electric
Railway Company, Limited, provided that the Company would invest $55 per lighting
customer. Where the cost of the extension exceeded this amount, the customer was
required to make a cash payment or to pay a special minimum charge over a period of
four years. By an amendment effective February 15th, 1945, the company's contribution was increased to $82.50. The calculations involved in carrying out this policy
were directed to the object of assuring sufficient revenue to justify the cost of the
extension. However, the system was complicated and confusing and led to a considerable
amount of misunderstanding and complaint on the part of prospective customers.
A simplification was, therefore, requested by the Commission, and this was made by
the company by a revision effective July 27th, 1945. Under this revised policy, the
company will construct up to 300 feet of pole-line per customer without making any
special requirement as to revenue. For longer extensions, the company charges a
monthly revenue guarantee for a period of four years of $2, plus 3 cents for each
10 feet of construction in excess of 300 feet per customer.
The British Columbia Electric Railway Company, Limited, has notified the Commission of its intention to establish a programme of rural electrification involving the
expenditure of over $1,000,000 during the first five post-war years. Extensions fitting
into this programme are to be made on the basis of a $2 monthly minimum charge for
four years, after which the standard minimum charges will apply.
In a revised tariff which became effective on June 1st, 1945, West Kootenay Power
and Light Company, Limited, provided for a definite extension policy, as follows:
" Extensions from the company's existing distribution-lines will be made as material
and labour are available on the basis of ten customers per mile. Where the above
number of customers per mile is not available, an extension will be made if revenue
equivalent to the above minimum is guaranteed."
The extension policy of the City of Victoria with regard to its waterworks system
was the subject of a conference on December 13th, 1945, between the Commission and
the Mayor and certain Aldermen and city officials. The matter was discussed in a
co-operative manner, and it is expected that a more liberal policy will be adopted by the
city in the near future.
New Supplies of Electric Power for Lower Mainland Area.
Action was taken during the year to ensure additional supplies of electric power
in the Lower Mainland area of the Province.
In 1939 the British Columbia Electric Railway Company, Limited, had available
on the Lower Mainland electric system a capacity of 187,200 kilowatts to handle a peak
load of slightly less than 120,000 kilowatts. Forecasts based on previous load trend
indicated that additional capacity would probably be required in 1945 or 1946. I 10 BRITISH COLUMBIA.
In May, 1942, the company sought, but was unable to obtain, authority from the
Power Controller to proceed with the Bridge River project. In the fall of 1943 it
appeared that the authority would be obtainable, but it now seemed to be too late a
date to start if the project were to be completed in time. Arrangements were, therefore, made by the company with the Puget Sound Power and Light Company to obtain
" dump " energy, and negotiations were entered into with the Bonneville Power Administration for a supply of " firm " power, pending completion of the Bridge River project.
The arrangement with the Bonneville Power Administration involved the construction
of a 220-kilovolt transmission-line, and a certificate of public convenience and necessity
for this, so far as it involved Canadian territory, was granted by the Public Utilities
Commission on April 14th, 1945. The contract is on a year to year basis and calls for
an initial availability of 22,000 kilowatts, which may be increased or decreased by
agreement. On June 6th, 1945, an order was made requiring the company to proceed
without delay with the development of an initial stage of the Bridge River project,
involving a capacity of at least 45,000 kilowatts.
RATES.
Rates fixed by Public Utilities Commission pursuant to Section 19 of " Public
Utilities Act " and Rate Inquiries instituted by Commission.
A hearing was held at Cumberland on January 10th, 1945, on the investigation of
rates of Cumberland Electric Lighting Company, Limited, the engineering and accounting investigation by the Commission having then been completed. It was found that
the rates were not in excess of those required to give the company a fair and reasonable
return upon the appraised value of the property, and a formal decision to this effect
was issued on June 2nd, 1945.
A hearing was held at Okanagan Centre on July 25th, 1945, on a proposal to establish a special rate for water supplied by Okanagan Centre Irrigation and Power Company, Limited, for irrigation. On September 4th, 1945, an order was made fixing a
special charge of $2 per acre-foot per year to provide funds for replacement of part of
the 22-inch main pipe-line.
The rates for 1945 for water supplied by Okanagan Development and Orchard
Company, Limited, for irrigation were fixed by order dated December 31st, 1945, following a public inquiry by Commissioner MacDonald at Kelowna on December 19th,
1945, and a formal hearing by the Commission on December 31st, 1945. The rate fixed
was $3.70 per acre. In addition, a special charge of $2.40 per acre was fixed to provide
a fund for part of the cost of replacement of 1,247 feet of steel flume used jointly with
the Glenmore Irrigation District. A general engineering and accounting investigation
of this company was completed during the year, but hearings thereon were postponed
at the request of the company, which wished further time to prepare its case.
The engineering and accounting investigation of West Canadian Hydro Electric
Corporation, Limited, having been completed, the reports thereon were submitted to
the Commission. No further action was taken, however, as the electric power system
of this company was taken over by the British Columbia Power Commission.
The investigation of the rates of West Kootenay Power and Light Company, Limited, ordered on May 10th, 1944, was not proceeded with as the company made a voluntary reduction in rates.
The engineering and accounting investigation of the British Columbia Electric Railway Company, Limited, and associated and subsidiary companies, has been kept up to
date by means of annual reports from the companies. A review of the 1944 operations
disclosed that a reduction in charges for 1945 was indicated for users of electricity. The
Commission, therefore, on October 12th, 1945, ordered a free billing period of one month REPORT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION, 1945. I 11
in all the areas served by the company, applicable to domestic and commercial users and
certain others. It is estimated that over 150,000 users benefited by the order, and that
the saving to them was approximately $800,000.
Rate Changes filed pursuant to Section 16 of " Public Utilities Act."
A complete statement of all rate changes filed during 1945 is shown in Table 7.
The general reduction of electric rates on Vancouver Island, effective January 1st, 1945,
has been included in this table. It was filed in 1944 and was mentioned in the 1944
report of the Public Utilities Commission, but particulars were not given in that report.
Among the most outstanding rate changes shown in Table 7 were those instituted
by West Kootenay Power and Light Company, Limited. Subsequent to preliminary
steps taken by the Commission in a general rate investigation, the company proposed
at a conference with the Commission held on April 9th, 1945, a reduction of approximately 20 per cent, in commercial and domestic rates. The resulting saving to consumers was estimated at approximately $85,000 per year. The Commission granted
its consent to the revision and it became effective on June 1st, 1945. On September
10th, 1945, a further revision was filed reducing the rate to Princeton Light and Power
Company, Limited, from 3 cents to 2% cents per kilowatt-hour, effective from August
1st, 1945, which enabled the latter company to pass on to its consumers the estimated
saving of $3,950 per year.
Domestic rates of the British Columbia Electric Railway Company, Limited, in
Kamloops and the Lower Mainland were revised in order to provide a block of power
at low cost for water heating. The Lower Mainland revision, filed December 28th,
1945, and effective January 1st, 1946, was estimated to involve a total reduction in
revenue of $48,265, affecting 10,932 consumers.
It will be noted that there is one increase in electric rates; that is, the institution
of a charge by the City of Cranbrook of 10 cents per month to each consumer in the
Slaterville area, to provide revenue for street lighting in that area. Also, some
increases were allowed in rates of several waterworks systems. With regard to these
increased rates, the Commission acted in co-operation with the Wartime Prices and
Trade Board, and no increase was allowed unless the Commission and the Board were
satisfied that it was clearly justified.
Rate Complaints.
Three rate complaints dealt with during the year are set forth in Table 8. In
addition, explanations of existing rates were given to users when requested. Also,
action on requests to set street-lighting rates of the British Columbia Electric Railway
Company, Limited, was deferred, pending the results of a survey being conducted by
the company.
SECURITY ISSUES, MORTGAGES, AND SALES.
Security Issues and Mortgages.
A summary of the applications made under sections 21 and 23 of the " Public
Utilities Act" for approval of security issues and mortgages is shown in Table 9.
Among these is the application of British Columbia Electric Railway Company, Limited,
for approval of an issue of $5,000,000 of general montgage 4-per-cent. bonds. The
Company submitted detailed figures showing that for the years 1945, 1946, and 1947
new capital funds estimated at $11,982,197 would be required, of which $4,150,000 was
allocated to the Bridge River development. Arrangements were being made for an
issue of $10,000,000 4-per-cent. bonds by the parent company, British Columbia Power
Corporation, Limited, to be sold at $97 per $100 principal amount. The parent company is not a public utility, and this issue by it was, therefore, not dealt with directly
by the Commission.    However, to the extent of $5,000,000, the parent company could I 12
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
only issue the new bonds on the strength of bonds obtained from a subsidiary. Accordingly, after being satisfied as to the purpose, amount, and terms, the Commission
approved the issue of $5,000,000 of general mortgage 4-per-cent. bonds by the British
Columbia Electric Railway Company, Limited, to British Columbia Power Corporation,
Limited, for a price of $97 per $100 principal amount.
Sales of Assets of Public Utility Systems.
Transfers of property by public utilities to the British Columbia Power Commission do not require the approval of the Public Utilities Commission and are, therefore,
not recorded. The transfers dealt with by the Commission under section 23 of the
" Public Utilities Act" are shown in Table 10.
The first transfer shown in the table is that of the electric power system at Dawson
Creek. In granting approval of this transfer, the Commission made appropriate reservations to protect the position of the British Columbia Power Commission in the event
of its taking over the property at a later date.
It will be noted that the next two items shown in the table are transfers from
private to public ownership. In connection with the last item shown, the transferor,
West Kootenay Power and Light Company, Limited, is a subsidiary of the transferee,
Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company of Canada, Limited, and sells most of its
power to that company. The Brilliant power project was not needed for other customers of the power company and was, in fact, developed by the mining company as a war
measure.    The approval covered merely the transfer of the water licences and lands. REPORT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION, 1945.                      I 13
Table 1.—
Applications for C
recj
TABLES.
AND NECESSITY
ERTIFICATES OF PUBLIC CONVENIENCE
3IVED OR DECIDED IN  1945.
Class of
Service.
Applicant.
Date of
Application.
Particulars.
Result.
Transportation-
Electric power....
Water	
British Columbia Electric
Railway Co., Ltd.
July 23, 1945
Mar. 20, 1945
Sept. 27, 1944
Oct. 24, 1944
Apr. 17, 1945
Oct. 20, 1944
Apr.   9,   1945
Nov. 17, 1944
May   7,   1945
May   7,   1945
Jan. 22, 1945
July   5,   1945
Jan. 19, 1945
July 21, 1944
Apr. 10, 1945
Nov. 30, 1945
Operation    of    new    motor-bus
route   in   Fairfield-Gonzales
area of Victoria
Boat service between the Inner
Harbour and The Gorge, Victoria
Passenger-ferry service between
Gibsons Landing  and Horseshoe Bay
Vehicular ferry service between
Gibsons  Landing  and  Horseshoe Bay or Fisherman's Cove
Vehicular  ferries   across  Howe
Sound and Jervis Inlet
Passenger-ferry   across   Howe
Sound
Construction of 220-kilovolt electric   power   transmission-line
from International Boundary
to Vancouver
Operation   of   electric   powter
system at Burns Lake
Installation of additional generating capacity at Sechelt
Installation of additional generating capacity at Vanderhoof
Operation of electric power system  at Canal  Flats
Operation    of   electric   power
plant at Dawson Creek, purchased  from   Dominion   Electric  Power,  Ltd.
Operation   of   waterworks   system at Ladysmith, purchased
from   Ladysmith   Water   Co.,
Ltd.
Operation   of   waterworks   system at Fruitvale
Operation   of   waterworks   system at Wilson Creek
Extension of gas plant in Victoria
Granted ; Sept. 6, 1945.
Howe   Sound   Transport
(C. G. Ballentine and
G. D. Frith)
North   Shore   Transportation   Co.,  Ltd.
Union Steamships, Ltd.
British Columbia Electric
Railway Co., Ltd.
Burns   Lake   Electric
(John Berg and Jonas
M. Glans)
Columbia Power Co., Ltd.
Columbia-Vanderhoof ■—
Power Co., Ltd.
ing the acquisition of
a  suitable boat.
Granted ;  Jan. 27, 1945.
Refused ; Jan. 27, 1945.
Required   information
not submitted during
1945.
Refused ;   Jan. 27, 1945.
Granted ; Apr. 14, 1945.
Granted ;  Jan. 29, 1945.
Granted ;   May 16, 1945.
Granted ;  May 16, 1945.
Granted;   Feb. 7, 1945.
Northland Utilities
(B.C.), Ltd.
Granted;   July 6, 1945.
Granted ;  Jan. 22. 1943.
Granted ; Apr. 13, 1945.
Whitaker, R. F.
Granted;  May 14, 1945.
Victoria Gas Co., Ltd.
Granted ;  Dec. 13, 1945.
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BRITISH COLUMBIA.
Table 2.—Extensions dealt with under Section 12a of the
" Public Utilities Act " during 1945.
Class of Service.
Public Utility.
Number of
Extensions.
1
British Columbia Electric Railway Co., Ltd., and subsidiaries
282
6
1
2
1
1
13
Northern   B.C.   Power  Co.,   Ltd.                        	
1
1
Water           	
2
Elk  Creek  Waterworks  Co.,  Ltd	
1
General Utility Co.,  Ltd	
1
Nanaimo,  City of 	
1
Total  	
316
Table 3.—Extension of Electric Distribution-lines of British Columbia Electric
Railway Company, Limited, during 1945, permitted under Section 12a of the
" Public Utilities Act."
Municipality or
District.
Number of Extensions.
Number of
Customers
to be
served.
Total Cost
of
Extensions
(estimated).
Total
Domestic
and
Farm.
Commercial
and
Industrial.
Total.
Extensions
(Feet).
7
26
1
1
9
6
3
1
3
5
25
14
18
2
6
4
2
1
1
1
1
4
1
1
7
26
1
1
9
6
1
3
1
3
5
26
14
19
2
6
4
2.
4
2
2
1
24
11
1
3
13
77
4
2
30
143
1
7
54
44
25
11
1
16
31
161
57
147
10
13
5
4
4
23
10
8
414
24
4
6
175
626
28
3
$4,893.65
35,477.65
243.55
1,126.20
7,294.05
7,802.15
10,694.40
2,155.23
475.66
3,024.60
12,286.60
37,761.15
16,397.90
33,901.55
1,752.13
3,578.25
3,975.35
967.62
7,095.26
7,766.75
1,507.95
1,550.80
66,463.15
5,982.86
1,087.92
1,675.67
28,292.00
118,152.00
7,038.00
1,796.75
9,170
Chilliwack and Chilliwhack..
79,593
2,950
13,062
Delta             	
18,332
19,580
5,480
1,480
4,600
Kent              	
35,500
87,791
30,756
82,504
5,660
7,345
13,910
2,930
14,900
19,475
3,050
2,345
108,077
15,130
3,950
4,450
100,247
284,789
5,664
1,363
3
2
2
1
20
10
1
3
12
77
4
2
Port Coquitlam 	
Totals 	
270
10
280
2,025
$422,216.80
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BRITISH COLUMBIA.
Table 5.—Applications to discontinue or suspend Service, 1945.
Applicant.
Respondent.
Date of
Application.
Particulars.
Disposition.
Dec.     9, 1945
April 11, 1945
Curtailment of service on
Christmas Day and New
Year's Day
Discontinuance of service to
respondent in order to
make better service available to other users
port
Lytton Electric Light
Co., Ltd.
Lytton   Box   and
Lumber Mill
Service   discontinued  by
agreement, following hearing by Commission ;   May
14,  1945.
Table 6.—Complaints as to Service of Public Utilities, 1945.
Public Utility.
Complainant.
Date of
Complaint.
Particulars.
Disposition.
Columbia Power Co.,
Ltd.
Kamloops Fruitlands
Irrigation and
Power Co., Ltd.
Northern B.C. Power
Co., Ltd.
Nakusp   School
Board
R.  W.  Bourns	
N.   Cunningham,
Stewart
April   6, 1945
July   19, 1945
Nov.   12, 1945
Complaint as to discontinuance of service for nonpayment of disputed bill.
Rehabilitation of system to
provide increased and continuous supply of water
Non-continuous service due
to breakdown in hydro
plant  at   Stewart
Company required to continue service, pending settlement of dispute.
Engineering survey made by
Commission and furnished
to company and users;
matter  still  pending.
Continuous service resumed
by December 1,  1945.
Table 7.—Rate Changes consented to pursuant to Section 16
of the M Public Utilities Act," 1945.
(a.)  Railways, Street-railways, and Tramways.
Name of Public Utility.
Route aifected.
Effect of Change.
Date filed.
Date effective.
British Columbia Electric
Railway Co., Ltd.
University bus, Vancouver	
Reduced   fares   for   patients
of    Vancouver    Military
Hospital Annex
April   6, 1945
Mar.  24, 1945.
(.6.)  Telephone and Telegraph Systems.
Name of Public Utility.
Area affected.
Effect of Change.
Date filed.
Date effective.
Kootenay Telephone Co.,
South-eastern part of British
Elimination of 5-cent collect
June 21, 1945
July   21, 1945.
Ltd.
Columbia
charge on certain  calls
South-eastern part of British
Discontinuance  of  one  and
Nov. 20, 1945
Nov.    8, 1945.
Columbia
installation  of three  new
toll-stations
North-west Telephone Co.
Fixed   radio   stations   at
remote  points   in   British
Columbia
Reduction   in   message  tolls
Jan.   25, 1945
Feb.   21, 1945.
Lower   Mainland   and   Van
Reduction    in    ship-to-shore
Mar.    5, 1945
Mar. 21, 1945.
couver Island, South
radio-telephone charges
Free weather broadcasts at
June 21, 1945
stated   periods;     special
charge for other times
Fixed   radio   stations   at
New stations added to tariff
July     4, 1945
July   13, 1945.
remote  points   in   British
Columbia
Fixed   radio   stations   at
Reduction,   involving   esti
Dec.   19, 1945
Jan.   21, 1946.
remote  points   in   British
mated reduction of $2,951
Columbia
in annual revenue
Revised list of vessels
Dec.   19, 1945
Jan.   21, 1946. REPORT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION, 1945.
I 17
Table 7.—Rate Changes consented to pursuant to Section 16
of the " Public Utilities Act," 1945—Continued.
(c.) Electric Power Systems.
Name of Public Utility.
Area affected.
Effect of Change.
Date filed.
Date effective.
Reduction of approximately
10   per   cent,   in   domestic
Dec.   27, 1944
Jan.     1, 1945.
Railway Co., Ltd., and
affiliated companies
and commercial rates
Lower Mainland  and  Kam
Lower revenue requirements
Jan.   31, 1945
Feb.   15, 1945.
loops
on extension of pole-lines
Vancouver Island	
Lower revenue requirements
on extension of pole-lines
Feb.   14, 1945
Feb.   15, 1945.
Vancouver Island, South	
Revision   of   employees*
meter rate
Mar.  13, 1945
Jan.   31, 1945.
Vancouver Island, South	
Elimination of obsolete rate
schedules
Mar.  19, 1945
April   1, 1945.
Alberni and Port Alberni	
10-per-cent.   discount   established    on    street-lighting
rate
Mar.  26, 1945
Jan.     1, 1945.
Vancouver  Island,  South,
Reduction of domestic rates
April   4, 1945
April   7, 1945.
suburban areas
for larger users
Lower Mainland	
Clarification   of   extension
policy
April 23, 1945
May     1, 1945.
April 25, 1945
May     1, 1945.
policy
Kamloops	
Reduced domestic rate estab
Oct.   31, 1945
Sept.    1, 1945.
lished to promote electric
water  heating
Oct.   31, 1945
July   27, 1945.
established
Victoria and vicinity	
Reduction    in    commercial
rates
Nov. 23, 1945
Nov.  16, 1945.
Lower Mainland	
Reduced domestic rate established to promote electric
water heating
Dec.   28, 1945
Jan.     1, 1946.
Fort St. John :	
Reduction   in   domestic   and
commercial lighting rates
May     2, 1945
May     2, 1945.
Consolidated Mining and
Kimberley	
Reduced rate filed for large
Aug.    6, 1945
Aug.    6, 1945.
Smelting   Co.   of   Can
industrial use
ada, Ltd.
July   31, 1945
Sept.    1, 1945.
brook)
charge   and    minimum
charge   to   provide   funds
for street lighting
New power rate established
June 26, 1945
May   26, 1945
June 26  1945.
Northern B.C. Power Co.,
Feb.    14, 1944
Ltd.
storage plants extended
(date of hear-
General reduction in domes
Mar.    6, 1945
Feb.     1, 1945.
Power Co., Ltd.
tic and combination rates
General   reduction   in   all
rates of approximately 16
Aug. 24, 1945
Aug.    1, 1945.
per cent.
West   Kootenay   Power
South Central part of Brit
General  reduction  in  domes
May   25, 1945
June    1, 1945.
and Light Co., Ltd.
ish Columbia
tic  and  commercial  rates
of  approximately  20   per
cent.
Rate to Princeton Light and
Sept. 10, 1945
Aug.    1, 1945.
Power Co.,  Ltd.,  reduced
16 per cent. I 18
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
Table 7.—Rate Changes consented to pursuant to Section 16
of the " Public Utilities Act," 1945—Continued.
(d.)  Waterworks Systems.
Name of Public Utility.
Area affected.
Effect of Change.
Date filed.
Date effective.
Suburbs of Cranbrook	
Reduction of rates for tourist camps and for thawing
Oct.
23, 1945
Nov.    1, 1945.
Enderby, City of	
Enderby and adjacent area	
Increase in rates of approximately   65   per   cent,   to
provide sufficient funds to
justify    rehabilitation    of
*
f
General Utility Co., Ltd.
water system
Commercial rate established
for users obtaining water
from connections to other
Feb.
15,1945
Feb.   15, 1945.
premises
New rates for schools established   by  agreement
Increase   in   rates   for   new
users,   concurred   in   by
Wartime Prices and Trade
Apri
Oct.
6, 1945
12, 1945
April   6, 1945.
Gibsons Landing, Village
of
Areas   adjacent   to   Gibsons
Landing
July     1, 1945.
Board
Kinnaird Water Co., Ltd.
Kinnaird	
Sprinkling regulations established
April 24, 1945
April 24, 1945.
Saseenos   Water,   Light,
and Power Co., Ltd.
General increase in rates of
30 per cent., concurred in
by users and by Wartime
Prices and Trade Board
Oct.
9, 1945
Oct.   25, 1945.
Special    domestic    rate   for
multiple   services   established
June
15, 1945
June 15, 1945.
* Consent granted November 28th, 1945, subject to concurrence of Wartime Prices and Trade Board.
f No notification received of concurrence of Wartime Prices and Trade Board.
(e.)  Gas Systems.
Name of Public Utility.
Area affected.
Effect of Change.
Date filed.
Date effective.
Revision of rate for can-
manufacturers due to
changed conditions of use
Temporary domestic flat
rates for gas until meters
available
Temporary domestic flat
rates for gas until meters
available
Jan.   19, 1945
Aug.    8, 1945
Oct.   23, 1945
Jan.     1, 1945.
Power and Gas Co., Ltd.
Aug.    1, 1945.
Nov     1  1945.
Table 8.—Rate Complaints, 1945.
Public Utility.
Complainant.
Date of
Complaint.
Particulars.
Disposition.
Princeton  Light and
Power Co., Ltd.
Stevens, Ltd..
West Kootenay Power
and Light Co., Ltd.
Princeton    General
Hospital
Mrs.    A.    M.    Reid,
Hammond
G. A.  Stuart, Oliver
Mar.   15,
1945
April 10,
1945
Aug.   18,
1945
Improper  billing..
Improper   billing..
Improper   classification
for billing purposes
Instructions as to proper
method of billing given by
Commission, Apr. 23, 1945.
Field investigation made, and
instructions as to proper
billing given to both parties.
Complainant found to be
properly billed, Sept. 26,
1945. REPORT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION, 1945.
I 19
Table 9.—Applications by Puilic Utilities for Approval of Security Issues
and Mortgages received or decided in 1945.
Applicant.
Nature and Amount
of Issue.
Purpose.
Date of
Application.
Disposition.
British   Columbia   Elec
$5,000,000    general
Improvements  to  plant	
June 27, 1945
Granted ; July 6, 1945.
tric Railway Co.,  Ltd.
mortgage 4-percent bonds
Dominion Electric Power,
$200,000   first   mort
General   purposes   of   com
Mar.  23, 1945
Granted ; Apr. 4,1945.
Ltd.
gage  4 %-per-cent.
bonds
pany
Elk    Creek    Waterworks
$25,000 bank loan	
Installation  of new  12-inch
April   4, 1945
Granted ; Apr. 9,1945.
Co.,  Ltd.
water-main
Northland  Utilities
10   shares   of   n.p.v.
Purchase    from    Dominion
July     5, 1945
Granted ; July 6, 1945.
(B.C.), Ltd.
and   a   5-per-cent.
first mortgage bond
for $115,000
Electric   Power,   Ltd.,   of
electric   power   plant   at
Dawson  Creek
Okanagan Centre Irriga
$30,000   4V2-per-cent.
Replacement     of     22-inch
Aug.    3, 1945
Granted;    Sept.   4,
tion   and   Power   Co.,
loan
main   pipe-line
1945,   and   Oct.   1,
Ltd.
1945.
Saseenos   Water,   Light,
$5,000   5-per-cent.
Repairs and replacements of
Oct.   31, 1945
Granted; Nov. 7,1945.
and   Power   Co.,   Ltd.
loan
water-mains
White     Rock     Water
85 shares at $100 per
Construction  of  new  reser
Mar.  27, 1945
Granted; Apr.6,1945.
Works  Co.,  Ltd.
share
voir
24 shares at $100 per
Construction  of  new  reser
Sept. 21, 1945
Granted ; Oct. 3, 1945.
share
voir   (additional funds required)
Table 10.—Applications for Approval of Sales of Assets of Public Utility
Systems received or decided in 1945.
Applicant.
Transferee.
Property sold or transferred.
Date of
Application.
Disposition.
Dominion Electric Power,
Northland   Utilities
Electric   power   system   at
July
5, 1945
Granted ; July 6,1945.
Ltd.
(B.C.), Ltd.
Dawson   Creek
Ladysmith   Water   Co.,
City of Ladysmith....
Waterworks     system     at
Jan.
8, 1945
Granted ;    Jan.   15,
Ltd.
Ladysmith
1945.
Sidney Water and Power
Sidney   Waterworks
Waterworks  system at Sid
May
15, 1945
Granted;    May   21,
Co.,  Ltd.
District
ney
1945.
Wellington   Colliery   Co.,
Canadian  Collieries
Water Licence No.  1920	
Oct.
15, 1945
Decision    deferred,
Ltd.
(Dunsmuir), Ltd.
pending   action   by
Comptroller      o f
Water  Rights.
West    Kootenay    Power
Consolidated   Mining
Water    licences    and    lands
May
21, 1945
Granted ; June 1,1945.
and Light Co., Ltd.
and    Smelting    Co.
of Canada, Ltd.
comprising   the   " Brilliant
Power   Project "
VICTORIA,   B.C. :
Printed by Charles F. Banfield, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
1946.
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