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 PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
Twelfth Annual Report of the
PUBLIC UTILITIES
COhMMISSION
Pursuant to the
'Public Utilities Act"
For the Year Ended December 31st
1950
VICTORIA, B.C.
Printed by Don McDiarmid, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty
1951  Victoria, B.C., February 28th, 1951.
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 the Twelfth Annual Report of the
Public Utilities Commission under the " Public Utilities Act " for the year ended December 31st, 1950.
PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION.
W. A. Carrothers, Chairman.
D. K. Penfold, Commissioner.  CONTENTS
Page
Introduction  7
Regulations , z  7
Operations of Public Utility Systems—
New Construction, New Operations, and Expansions  7
New Supplies of Electric Power for the Lower Mainland Area  7
New Supplies of Electric Power for Vancouver Island South  8
Inauguration of Natural-gas Service at Dawson Creek  8
Discontinuance and Suspension of Service  9
Complaints as to Service of Public Utilities  9
Rates—
Rate Changes Consented to Pursuant to Sections 17 and 19 of the " Public Utilities Act"  9
Rate Complaints  10
Security Issues, Mortgages, and Sales—
Security Issues and Mortgages  10
Sales of Assets of Public Utility Systems  10
Revenue and Expenses, 1940-50  10
Miscellaneous  10
Tables-
No.   1.—Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity  12
No.   2.—Extensions Permitted under Section 13 of the " Public Utilities Act "13
No.   3.—Applications to Require Public Utilities to Extend Systems  14
No.   4.—Applications to Discontinue or Suspend Service  15
No.   5.—Complaints as to Service of Public Utilities  16
No.   6.—Rate Changes Consented to Pursuant to Sections 17 and 19 of the
" Public Utilities Act "  17
No.   7.—Rate Complaints  21
No.   8.—Security Issues and Mortgages .'.  22
No.   9.—Sales of Assets of Public Utility Systems  23
No. 10.—Comparative Statement of Revenue and Expenses  23  Twelfth Annual Report of the Public Utilities Commission
under the "Public Utilities Act" for the Calendar
Year Ended December 31st, 1950
INTRODUCTION
This Report covers the work of the Public Utilities Commission under the " Public
Utilities Act" for the year ended December 31st, 1950. It does not deal with matters
under the " Motor Carrier Act," a separate report of which will be made pursuant to
section 36 of that Act.
REGULATIONS
No new regulations or amendments were made under the " Public Utilities Act"
during the year.
OPERATIONS OF PUBLIC UTILITY SYSTEMS
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 13 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. Each of the certificates granted by the Commission and referred to in the table was subsequently approved
by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council.
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 powers
set out in section 13, relieves the public utility from the requirement of obtaining a
certificate of public convenience and necessity. A summary of extensions permitted
under section 13 is set out in Table 2.
The exemptions granted to British Columbia Electric Company Limited and subsidiary companies, summarized in Table 2, provided for construction of two new substations and a 230-kilovolt transmission tie-line as part of the expansion of the electric-
power distribution system on the Lower Mainland; extensions of distribution-lines in
the Bridge River District and in the area between Harrison Lake and the Fraser River,
including Harrison Hot Springs; operation of the distribution system in the Uplands
subdivision acquired from the Municipality of Oak Bay; and construction of additional
facilities required in the conversion to trolley-coach operation in Vancouver. The other
exemptions included in Table 2 were of minor importance.
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 3.
New Supplies of Electric Power for the Lower Mainland Area
During the year, British Columbia Electric Company Limited and Western Power
Company of Canada, Limited, completed the third unit of the electric-power generating-
station at Ruskin, as authorized by a certificate of public convenience and necessity
granted in 1949.   This 35,000-kilowatt unit was put in service on October 25th, 1950.
7 J 8 BRITISH COLUMBIA
The reconstruction of Lake Buntzen No. 1 hydro-electric power generating plant,
which was authorized by a certificate of public convenience and necessity dated July
13th, 1950, will comprise the replacement of the seven existing units totalling 21,000
kilowatts with a single 50,000-kilowatt generator and a single vertical reaction-type
hydraulic turbine with a nominal rating of 70,000 horse-power. It is expected that this
new unit will be put into service in the autumn of 1951.
On December 19th, 1950, the Commission granted a certificate of public convenience and necessity to British Columbia Electric Company Limited for construction and
operation of the Jones Lake Electric Power Project. The main components of the plan
are as follows:—
(1) A dam to raise the water-level in Jones Lake approximately 50 feet, thus
providing the necessary storage-reservoir.
(2) A tunnel through the mountain bounding the lake on the west side, with
the necessary intake structure, and steel penstock from its westerly portal
to carry the water to the power-house.
(3) One vertical impulse-type hydraulic turbine with a nominal rating of
82,000 horse-power.
(4) One 60,000-kilowatt generator with direct connected exciter.
(5) Necessary auxiliary electric and hydraulic control equipment.
(6) Power-house building near the left bank of the Fraser River to contain
the turbine, generator, and auxiliary equipment.
(7) One 75,000-kilovolt-ampere step-up transformer.
(8) Switch-yard with the necessary switch-gear and bus structure.
(9) One 230,000-volt transmission-line from the power-house to a point in
Surrey Municipality to deliver the power to the system of the company
for transmission and distribution to its users.
The above project is scheduled for completion in the autumn of 1952 to meet
anticipated increases in load requirements in the Lower Mainland area.
During the year, British Columbia Electric Railway Company, Limited, was authorized to operate the electric-power plants and distribution systems at Lytton and Yale
acquired from Lytton Electric Light Company, Limited, and George Miller, respectively.
The existing plants and systems have been taken over and service is being improved by
installation of additional diesel generating units and distribution facilities. A certificate
of public convenience and necessity was granted to the B.C. Electric system for construction of a diesel generating plant and distribution system to serve Boston Bar and
North Bend. Future plans of the company call for extension of hydro-electric power
facilities to the above communities.
A certificate of public convenience and necessity was granted for the construction
and operation of a distribution system to serve Pemberton and part of the valley of the
Lillooet River with hydro-electric power to be obtained from Bridge River.
New Supplies of Electric Power for Vancouver Island South
The transmission-line between Nanaimo and Victoria, connecting with the system
of the British Columbia Power Commission, which was authorized by the Commission
by a certificate of public convenience and necessity granted in 1949, has been completed.
The switching-station near Glyn Station and the 60-kilovolt transmission-line from
Glyn Station to Bay Street Substation are now in service. A duplicate of the main
receiving transformer is to be placed in service in the autumn of 1951, doubling the
station's capacity.
Inauguration of Natural-gas Service at Dawson Creek
On December 12th, 1950, the Commission granted a certificate of public convenience and necessity to Northland Utilities  (B.C.)  Limited for the construction and REPORT OF THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION J 9
operation of a natural-gas distribution system in and about Dawson Creek. This is the
first such system to be put into operation in the Province. The company distributes gas
in Dawson Creek under a franchise granted by the village, obtaining its supply from
Westcoast Transmission Company Limited, which operates under Dominion authority
and brings the gas in from Alberta to a point near the boundaries of the village.
The certificate was granted on an interim basis pending completion of a satisfactory
agreement between the two companies.
Discontinuance and Suspension of Service
Particulars of applications by public utilities to discontinue or suspend service are
set forth in Table 4.
The Commission held a public hearing in New Westminster from March 27th to
30th, 1950, on the application of British Columbia Electric Railway Company, Limited,
for permission to discontinue passenger service between New Westminster and Chilliwack on the Fraser Valley interurban line, and a concurrent application of British
Columbia Motor Transportation, Limited, under the " Motor Carrier Act," to inaugurate
a substitute bus service. After the railway company had come to an agreement with the
municipalities concerned, the Commission approved discontinuance of service on September 20th, 1950, subject to:—
(a) Immediate inauguration of a bus service by British Columbia Motor
Transportation, Limited;
(b) Payments to municipalities in recognition of their additional requirements
for funds for road improvements made necessary by the inauguration of
the substitute bus service;  and
(c) Provision for emergency rail passenger and express service until a sufficiently satisfactory improvement has, in the opinion of the Commission,
been made in the roads on which the new bus service is to be provided.
Complaints as to Service of Public Utilities
Particulars of complaints as to service provided by public utilities are set forth in
Table 5.
RATES
Rate Changes Consented to Pursuant to Sections 17 and 19 of the
" Public Utilities Act "
A statement of all rate changes authorized during 1950 appears in Table 6.
Increasing costs of operation caused a number of utilities to make applications for
rate increases. In each case the applicant was required to prove inadequacy of revenues
at existing rates, and the submissions were subject to thorough examination by the staff
of the Commission.   Public notice of the proposed changes was required.
Following a public inquiry conducted by Commissioner Penfold in Vancouver on
February 9th and 10th, 1950, the Commission confirmed the increase in Vancouver
transportation fares which had been granted on an interim basis in 1949.
On January 10th, 1950, the Commission held a public hearing at Creston into an
application of West Kootenay Power & Light Company, Limited, for increased rates for
electric light and power service in the Creston area. The Commission found that
increased revenue was required but objected to the manner in which the company proposed to increase its rates. Following consultation with the Commission, the company
filed amended rates, designed to yield the required revenue by rate increases computed
on a more equitable basis than originally proposed. These rates were accepted for filing
on October 16th, 1950.
During the year, approval was given to alteration of the wholesale power rates of
West Kootenay Power and Light Company, Limited, for electric power sold to munici- J 10 BRITISH COLUMBIA
pally owned electric distribution systems and to Princeton Light and Power Company,
Limited. The revised rates contain a demand feature and are designed to effect substantial savings to the utilities served. A similar amendment was made by East Kootenay
Power Company, Limited.
Following a public hearing held at Kelowna from June 21st to 23rd, 1950, and
investigation by the staff of the Commission, consent was granted to the filing of revised
rates and rules by Okanagan Telephone Company and Solar Telephones Limited, to
provide additional revenue required by reason of increased costs of operation.
Rate Complaints
The rate complaints dealt with during the year are summarized in Table 7.
SECURITY ISSUES, MORTGAGES, AND SALES
Security Issues and Mortgages
Applications made during 1950 under section 22 of the " Public Utilities Act " are
summarized in Table 8. The programme of capital expansion of British Columbia
Electric Company Limited and subsidiary companies required a $20,000,000 bond
issue and a $6,000,000 issue of cumulative redeemable preferred shares. Expansion of
telephone facilities by companies under the jurisdiction of the " Public Utilities Act"
required the raising of new money totalling over $1,500,000.
Sales of Assets of Public Utility Systems
Transfers of property dealt with during 1950 under section 24 of the "Public
Utilities Act" are summarized in Table 9.
British Columbia Electric Company Limited and subsidiary companies acquired
the assets of electric utilities at Harrison Hot Springs, Lytton, and Yale. The plans for
operation at these locations are summarized earlier in this Report and in Table 1.
REVENUE AND EXPENSES, 1940-50
A statement of revenue and expenses of the Public Utilities Commission under the
" Public Utilities Act " and the " Motor Carrier Act " is set out in Table 10. The figures
shown are for the calendar year and not the fiscal year, and the figures for previous years
have been included for comparative purposes. Revenue under the " Motor Carrier Act"
has been compiled from monthly reports made by the Superintendent of Motor Carriers.
Revenue under the " Public Utilities Act " represents fees on applications granted during
the year, even though the fees may not have been transferred from Suspense Account to
Revenue Account until the following year.
MISCELLANEOUS
Revisions of routes and time schedules, the setting of carrying capacities of vehicles,
and the filing of statistics were attended to from time to time in respect of transportation
systems, in accordance with the Regulations Respecting Transportation (" Public Utilities
Act"). Periodic inspections of motor-vehicles and trolley-coaches of British Columbia
Electric Railway Company, Limited, were made by the inspection staff of the Motor
Carrier Branch, to ensure compliance with the regulations.
A suggestion was received from the B.C. Fruit Growers' Association that power
companies be required to include in contracts for service a provision with respect to
their liability for power interruptions due to negligence. The Commission decided that
such cases ought to be dealt with in the Courts under ordinary rules of law. REPORT OF THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION
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On May 12th, 1950, the Commission consented to an arrangement whereby British
Columbia Electric Railway Company, Limited, would extend the free transportation service then given to Vancouver police to include police in Victoria and New Westminster.
On August 31st, 1950, the Commission approved a proposal of General Utility
Company, Limited, that it provide water free of charge for street-cleaning at Princeton.
On December 12th, 1950, the Commission authorized a temporary curtailment of
service by Northern British Columbia Power Company, Limited, to meet the situation
resulting from weather damage to transmission-lines. J 12
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Table 1.—Applications for C
TABLES
;e and Necessity
ertificates of Public Convenienc
Received or Decided in 1950
Class of
Service
Applicant
Date of
Application
Particulars
Result
Transportation	
British Columbia Electric
Jan.   25,1950
Operation of transportation sys
Granted; Jan. 26, 1950.
Railway Co., Ltd.
tem formerly operated by Vancouver Island Coach Lines Ltd.
in the portion of the District
of   Saanich   included   in   the
Greater Victoria transportation
system and on certain extension
routes
Effective Jan. 29,1950.
Gas	
Northland Utilities (B.C.)
Aug. 23, 1950
Construction and operation of a
system for the supply of nat
Interim  certificate  was
Ltd.
(previous
granted Dec. 12, 1950,
application
ural gas in and about the Vil
subject to confirmation
of Northland
lage   of  Dawson   Creek,   and
within eight months if
Utilities Ltd.
approval of a franchise granted
Commission  is   satis
made in 1948
under  By-law No.  79  of the
fied  as  to  continued
withdrawn)
Village of Dawson Creek
supply of gas on reasonable terms.
Telephone
Okanagan Telephone Co.
June 20,1950
Operation of the telephone system  at Summerland upon its
Granted;  June 26,1950.
acquisition  from  Summerland
Telephone Co. Ltd.
Electric Power	
British Columbia Electric
Co. Ltd.
Apr. 12,1950
Reconstruction of Lake Buntzen
No. 1 hydro-electric power generating plant
Granted;   July 13,1950.
Dec.  18,1950
Construction  and  operation  of
the plant and system comprising   the   Jones  Lake   Electric
Power Project
Operation of the electric-power
Granted;  Dec. 19,1950.
British Columbia Electric
Dec.   10,1949
Granted;   Jan. 5, 1950.
Co. Ltd. and (or) Brit
system purchased from Lytton
Effective May 1, 1950.
ish   Columbia   Electric
Electric  Light  Co.  Ltd.,  and
Railway Co., Ltd.
construction  of  additional  or
substitutional facilities for generation by means of diesel units
and of distribution-lines as required
Operation of electric-power sys
Feb.   22,1950
Granted; Mar. 10,1950.
tem at Yale previously operated
Effective Aug. 1,1950.
by   George   Miller,   and   con
struction of additional or sub
stitutional generating and dis
tribution facilities as required
Feb.     3,1950
Construction and operation of an
electric distribution system for
Pemberton and those parts of
the valley of the Lillooet River
extending from Pemberton upstream approximately 15 miles
and down-stream approximately
8 miles
Granted; Mar. 10,1950.
Jan.   28,1950
Construction and operation of an
electric-power plant and system
at North Bend and Boston Bar,
including a crossing of the Fraser River
Granted; Mar. 10,1950.
Canadian Utilities Ltd	
Dec.    7,1950
Extension of electric-power distribution system along Alaska
Highway from Fort St. John
to Charlie Lake
Granted;  Dec. 12,1950.
Dec.    7,1950
Amendment of certificate of public  convenience  and  necessity
to increase authorized capacity
of system from 100 horse-power
to 500 horse-power
Not concluded in 1950.
Martin,   Clarpnrp.
Mar. 20,1950
Amendment of certificate of public  convenience  and  necessity
Granted;  May 3,1950.
to increase the amount of power
permitted to be  generated at
Masset from 25 horse-power to
100 horse-power REPORT OF THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION
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Table 1.—Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and
Necessity Received or Decided in 1950—Continued
Class of
Service
Applicant
Date of
Application
Particulars
Result
Electric Power..
Water..
Northern British Columbia Power Co. Ltd.
Slocan, City of..
British Pacific Properties
Ltd.
Campbell River, Village
of
Canning, H. B	
Cumberland, City of~
Aug.    7, 1950
May 1,1950
July 4,1950
Dec.   22,1950
McFetridge,  N.  L.   and
V. C
Milliken, A. C _.
Montrose Homesites Ltd.
Nelson, Andrew	
Qualicum Beach, Village
of
Aug.  22, 1950
Apr.     1, 1950
July 21, 1950
July 12,1949
Apr. 11,1950
May 22,1950
May   16,1950
Purchase and operation at Prince
Rupert of a steam-electric plant
and installation of three diesel-
electric generators each having
a capacity of 1,200 horse-power
Operation of electric power distribution system adjacent to
village
Construction and operation of
waterworks system in British
Properties, West Vancouver
Amendment of certificate of public convenience and necessity
to provide for connection to a
main to be installed to give
service at the property of Elk
Falls Company Ltd. at Duncan
Bay; increase in amount of
water authorized to be sold
Amendment of certificate of public convenience and necessity
to provide for enlargement of
area to be served at Youbou
Operation in unorganized areas
adjacent to the city of the
waterworks system purchased
from Cumberland and Union
Waterworks Co. Ltd.
Construction and operation of a
waterworks system at Lindell
Beach, Cultus Lake
Construction and operation of a
waterworks system at Yale
Construction and operation of a
waterworks system at Montrose
(near Trail)
Amendment of certificate of public convenience and necessity
to provide for larger area to
be served and increase in quantity of water permitted to be
sold at Fruitvale
Operation of waterworks system
at Qualicum Beach upon acquisition from Qualicum Water
Co. Ltd. to provide service to
persons in unorganized areas
adjacent to the village
Granted;   Aug. 9,1950.
Approval withheld pending approval of purchase by-law.
Not concluded in 1950.
Granted;  Dec. 22,1950.
Granted; Aug. 24,1950.
Granted;  May 3,1950.
Not concluded in 1950;
application was subsequently withdrawn.
Granted;  May 11,1950.
Granted;  June 2,1950.
Granted;  June 30,1950.
Granted; July 5,1950.
Table 2.—Extensions Dealt With under Section 13 of the
" Public Utilities Act " during 1950
Class of Service
Public Utility
Number of
Extensions
Electric Power-
Transportation..
Water.	
British Columbia Electric Co. Ltd. and subsidiary companies..
Kelowna, City of.	
Waters, A., d/b/a Van Anda Light and Power  	
British Columbia Electric Railway Co., Ltd	
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Table 6.—Rate Changes Consented to during 1950 Pursuant to Sections
17 AND 19 OF THE " PUBLIC UTILITIES ACT "
(a) Transportation Systems
Name of Public Utility
Route Affected
Effect of Change
Date Filed
Date Effective
British Columbia Electric
North  Lonsdale  to  Grouse
Filing   of   fares   for   a  new
Jan.     4,1950
Jan.     4,1950.
Railway Co., Ltd.
Mountain   Ski-lift,   North
Vancouver
special service for skiers
North  Lonsdale  to  Grouse
Revision  of  special  service
Feb.  23,1950
Feb.   23,1950.
Mountain   Ski-lift,    North
and increase in fares
Vancouver
Vancouver             	
Confirmation of the Commis
Mar.  13,1950.
sion's consent, granted on
an  interim basis July  IS,
1949,  to the filing of in
creased   urban   transporta
tion fares
Interurban railway-lines	
Application to local freight
rates of the 16-per-cent increase for Dominion-regulated  rates  authorized  by
Order   No.   74034   of   the
Board  of Transport Commissioners   for   Canada,
dated Mar. 1, 1950
Mar. 15,1950
Mar. 23,1950.
Interurban railway-lines.	
Application to local freight
rates   of  the  increase  for
June    8,1950
June  16,1950.
Dominion - regulated   rates
authorized on May 25, 1950,
.
by Order No. 74512 of the
Board of Transport Com
missioners for Canada
Vancouver to Grouse Moun
Filing of passenger fare for
Aug.    7, 1950
Aug.    5, 1950.
tain   Ski-lift,   North  Van
express service to ski-lift
couver
'
Stanley Park, Vancouver
Filing of passenger fare for
a new bus service around
Stanley Park
Aug.    7, 1950
Aug.    7, 1950.
Interurban railway-lines.   .   ..
Consolidation of the existing
freight rates, and two minor
local   increases   to   correspond   with   increases   on
Dominion - regulated   lines
and to match the increased
competitive trucking rates
Aug. 24, 1950
Aug.  16, 1950.
Lulu Island and New West
Extension  of transfer privi
Sept. 13,1950
Sept.  13, 1950.
minster
leges between Lulu Island
and New Westminster fare
zone
Greater Victoria 	
Consolidation and revision of
Sept. 25, 1950
Sept. 25,1950.
tariff,   making   more   clear
and complete the statement
of fares  applicable in the
outer portions of the system
Interurban railway-lines.
Consolidation of tariff with
Nov. 24, 1950
Nov. 20, 1950.
respect to switching charges,
etc., and two minor reduc
tions  to  meet  competitive
rates of steam railways
Burnaby and Hastings East,
Amendment   resulting   from
Nov. 30, 1950
Nov. 30,1950.
Vancouver
changing the transfer point
on the Hastings East route
Vancouver   to   North   Van
Specific   restriction   against
Dec.   12,1950
Dec.   12,1950.
couver
carrying   local   Vancouver
passengers on the Vancouver-North Vancouver intercity service
Lower Mainland areas.	
Establishment of general conditions  respecting  issuance
and use of transfers
Dec.   12, 1950
Dec.   12,1950.
Vancouver-New Westminster
Filing of a cash fare to apply
to   passenger   service   between Vancouver and New
Westminster depots
Dec.  28, 1950
Dec.  28, 1950.
Vancouver-North Vancouver
Filing of fares for children
attending   the   School   for
the Deaf and Blind
Dec.  28, 1950
Dec.  28, 1950. J 18
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Table 6.—Rate Changes Consented to during 1950 Pursuant to Sections
17 and 19 of the "Public Utilities Act "—Continued
(a) Transportation Systems—Continued
Name of Public Utility
Route Affected
Effect of Change
Date Filed
Date Effective
North Vancouver, City of
Vancouver-North Vancouver
ferry service
Upward revision of fares for
passengers and automobiles
May 11,1950
June    1,1950.
(b)  Telephone and Telegraph Systems
Name of Public Utility
Area Affected
Effect of Change
Date Filed      Date Effective
Okanagan Telephone Co.
and Solar Telephones
Ltd.
Chilliwack Telephones
Ltd., Kootenay Telephone Co. Ltd., Mission
Telephone Co. Ltd., and
North-West Telephone
Co.
Kootenay Telephone Co.
Ltd.
Okanagan Telephone Co.
and Solar Telephones
Ltd.
All areas served..
All areas served-
Introduction  of
reimbursement
tions  made by
for    specially
facilities
Introduction  of
reimbursement
tions made by
for    specially
facilities
a  plan  for
of contribu-
subscribers
constructed
a plan for
of contribu-
subscribers
constructed
Kimberley
Michel and Fernie..
Cranbrook 	
All areas served..
Establishment of rates for
two-party service
Establishment of rates for
multi-party service
Establishment of rates for
two-party and multi-party
service
Filing of new tariff, incorporating increased rates, and
revised rules
May  31,1950
June    9,1950
July 27,1950
July 27,1950
July 127,1950
Nov. 4,1950
July     1,1950.
July     1,1950.
July 27,1950.
July 27,1950.
July   27,1950.
Nov.  16,1950.
(c) Electric-power Systems
Bridge River Power Co.
Ltd.
British Columbia Electric
Railway Co., Ltd.
Bridge River..
Vancouver Island South..
Vancouver Island South..
Vancouver .
Vancouver Island South..
Oak Bay	
Victoria
Rates reduced and additional
classes of service made
available
Provision of a commercial
water-heating rate
(1) To extend the availability
of suburban rate schedules
to rural users and to eliminate from the tariff rural
rate schedules; (2) to introduce new rates for residential space heating and
residential use with unusually large demands, similar
to rates for this purpose
introduced in the Lower
Mainland area in 1948; and
(3) to reduce the rate for
power supplied at primary
potential, thus increasing
the difference between rates
for primary and secondary
voltages for commercial
customers, thereby attracting customers to the use of
primary voltage
Rate for large commercial
consumers introduced to
establish a uniform rate for
department stores
Provision of electric service
at new primary voltages
Introduction of new street-
lighting rates, providing for
increased use
Introduction of new street-
lighting rates, providing for
secondary voltage supply
Sept.    7, 1950
Mar.    3, 1950
May     2, 1950
June    1,1950
Sept.    5, 1950
Sept. 29, 1950
Oct.   13, 1950
Sept.    7, 1950.
Mar.    3, 1950.
May    2, 1950.
June 1, 1950.
Sept. 5,1950.
Jan. 1,1951.
Oct. 1, 1950. REPORT OF THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION
J 19
Table 6.—Rate Changes Consented to during 1950 Pursuant to Sections
17 and 19 of the "Public Utilities Act "—Continued
(c) Electric-power Systems—Continued
Name of Public Utility
Area Affected
Effect of Change
Date Filed
Date Effective
British Columbia Electric
Railway Co., Ltd.
Canadian Utilities Ltd	
Cranbrook, City of	
Sumas Dyking District-
Fort St. John-
Amendment of conditions
specified in the rate for the
dyking district
Minor rate reduction	
East Kootenay Power Co.
Ltd.
Areas adjacent to Cranbrook
Areas adjacent to Cranbrook
Kootenay Indian School, near
Wasa
All areas served..
City of Cranbrook	
All areas served.	
Galiano Light and Power
Co. Ltd.
Martin, Clarence..
Galiano Island-
Nelson, City of-
West Kootenay Power and
Light Co., Ltd.
Masset, Q.C.I _	
Masset, Q.C.I 	
Areas adjacent to Nelson..
Creston 	
District of Summerland, City
of Grand Forks, Princeton
Light and Power Co. Ltd.
City of Kelowna	
City of Penticton .
Provision for street-lighting
service in the Wattsville
Road area
Introduction of a demand
feature in industrial power
rates
Provision of a special rate
for service to Kootenay
Indian School
Introduction of an industrial
rate for service at line
voltage
Introduction of a new municipal power rate, containing demand feature
Simplification of schedules
and introduction of promotional rates in residential
and commercial categories
Provision for minor adjustment and bringing tariff into
conformity with existing
practice in the matter of
minimum charges
General rate reduction and
revision of regulations
Increase in residential and
commercial rates
Amendments to power rates,
and cancellation of rate for
power at secondary voltage
(over 200 kva)
Increased rates based on
local costs
Revised wholesale rates, containing a demand feature
Revised wholesale rates, containing a demand feature
Revised wholesale rates, containing a demand feature
Oct.   28,1950
May   12,1950
Jan.     4,1950
Aug. 10, 1950
May 11,1950
May 12,1950
May 22,1950
July 10,1950
Oct.     5, 1950
Apr. 25, 1950
Sept. 5, 1950
Jan. 16, 1950
Oct. 16, 1950
Nov. 29, 1950
Nov. 29, 1950
Dec. 20, 1950
Oct. 28, 1950.
May 1,1950.
Dec.  1,1949.
Sept. 1,1950.
May 1,1950.
May 1, 1950.
Sept. 1, 1950.
July 1, 1950.
Oct. 1, 1950.
Apr. 1,1950.
Aug. 1,1950.
Jan. 16,1950.
Oct. 16, 1950.
Sept. 1, 1950.
Nov. 1, 1950.
Dec. 1, 1950.
(d)  Waterworks Systems
Campbell River, Village of
Carlin Brothers Ltd.	
Cooper, C. J	
Dawson Creek, Village of
Duncan, City of	
General Utility Co. Ltd—
Areas adjacent to Campbell
River
Areas adjacent to Campbell
River
Chase   -	
Deroche	
Areas   adjacent  to  Dawson
Creek
Areas adjacent to Duncan.—
Princeton   —
Princeton
Original filing of water tariff
Filing of new tariff containing revised monthly minimum rates
General rate increase and
amended regulations
General rate increase _
Filing of new tariff eliminating special rates and establishing rules and regulations
Filing of tariff, superseding
that previously filed on an
interim basis
Reduced rate for supply of
water to non-profit games
parks
Provision of specific charges
for boarders and roomers
in private residences
Jan.   17, 1950
July   15, 1950
July     3, 1950
Oct.   28, 1950
Oct.     6,1950
Oct.   28, 1950
Jan.     5,1950
Feb.  27, 1950
Jan.    17, 1950.
July   15, 1950.
July     1, 1950.
Nov.    1,1950.
Oct.     6, 1950.
Oct. 28, 1950.
Jan. 15,1950.
Mar.    1,1950. J 20
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Table 6.—Rate Changes Consented to during 1950 Pursuant to Sections
17 and 19 of the "Public Utilities Act "—Continued
(d)  Waterworks Systems—Continued
Name of Public Utility
Area Affected
Effect of Change
Date Filed
Date Effective
Gibsons Landing, Village
Areas   adjacent   to   Gibsons
General rate increase	
Jan.
16, 1950
Jan.
1,1950.
of
Landing
Areas   adjacent   to   Gibsons
Amendment of regulation re
Mar.
24, 1950
Mar.
24, 1950.
Landing
specting service pipes
Areas   adjacent   to   Gibsons
Introduction   of   a   penalty
Oct.
30,1950
Jan.
1,1951.
Landing
charge on overdue accounts
Greater   Victoria   Water
Unorganized areas near Vic
Increase in rate to Producers
Feb.
27, 1950
Feb.
27,1950.
District
toria
Sand and Gravel Co. (1929)
Ltd. and elimination of the
minimum charge in the rate
for water supplied to British Columbia Electric Railway Co., Ltd.
Milliken, A. C	
Yale 	
Original filing of water tariff
May
23,1950
May
23, 1950.
Montrose Homesites Ltd.
Montrose  — .
Original filing of water tariff
June
9, 1950
June
7, 1950.
Qualicum Beach, Village
Areas adjacent to Qualicum
Original filing of water tariff
Aug.
8, 1950
Aug.
8, 1950.
of
Beach
Areas adjacent to Qualicum
Reduction   in   flat   rate   for
Dec.
13, 1950
Dec.
13, 1950.
Beach
stores
Revelstoke, City of.	
Areas adjacent to Revelstoke
General rate increase	
July
28, 1950
June
1, 1950.
Silverton Water and Light
Silverton  	
General rate increase        „
Sept.
26, 1950
Sept.
1, 1950.
Co. Ltd.
White Rock Water Works
White Rock	
Revision of extension policy
Dec.
12, 1950
Dec.
1, 1950.
Co. Ltd.
(e) Gas Systems
British Columbia Electric
Co. Ltd. and Victoria
Gas Co. Ltd.
British Columbia Electric
Co. Ltd.
Northland Utilities (B.C.)
Ltd.
Victoria and district-
Vancouver and district..
Dawson Creek and district-
New rate for commercial
baking
Provision for methods of
billing where " mixed gas "
made from propane is used
Original filing of tariff for
natural-gas system
Sept.
5,
1950
Oct.
2,
1950
Dec.
16,
1950
Sept.    5, 1950.
Oct.     2, 1950.
Dec.   16,1950.
(/)  Toll Bridges
First Narrows Bridge Co.
Ltd.
Increase in the maximum age-
limit of children granted
free passage over bridge
Jan.     4,1950
Jan.     1,1950. REPORT OF THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION                          J 21
Table 7.—Rate Complaints, 1950
Public Utility
Complainant
Date of
Complaint
Particulars
Disposition
British Columbia Elec
Cairns, Mrs. J. H.
Feb.     9, 1950
Alleged  overcharge  for  gas
Investigation showed that the
tric Co. Ltd.
heating between Mar., 1948,
and May, 1949
complainant was   billed  in
accordance with tariff.
British Columbia Elec
Amalgamated
June 24, 1950
Request that company be re
Matter   treated   as   one   for
tric Railway Co.,
Association of
quired to  give free trans
negotiation between the em
Ltd.
Street,    Electric
portation to all employees
ployer and employee, rather
Railway and Mo
on Vancouver-North Van
than for a decision of the
tor  Coach  Em
couver bus route   (subject
Commission.
ployees of America
Grandmaison,
to payment of bridge toll)
Mar. 10, 1950;
Complaint as to classification
Complainants found to have
Mrs.   M.;    Mc-
Mar. 2,1950;
of rooming-houses as com
been properly billed in ac
Kinnon, P.  M.;
and Oct. 27,
mercial premises
cordance with tariff.
and Snider, Mrs.
J.
Hopkins, W. E.
1950
Jan.   17,1950
Alleged discrimination against
Rate complained of found to
consumers in rural areas of
be in accordance with tariff
Vancouver  Island  by  rea
and   considered   reasonable
son of increase from lc. to
by   Commission;    basis   of
lV4c.  per  k.w.h.  on  con
special rate for water heat
sumption  over  640  k.w.h.
ers explained to complain
per month
ant.
Nundal, S	
Janr-   4,1950
Excessive charge for moving
and replacing pole at complainant's request
Charge found to be too high;
reduced by company to satisfaction of complainant.
Young, Miss Mary
Dec.   27, 1950
Classification of multi-family
Complainant  found  to  have
G.
dwelling served on one meter
as commercial premises
been   billed   in   accordance
with tariff.
Dawson Creek, Village
School   District
Dec.     4, 1950
Elimination of special water
Special rate formerly in effect
of
No. 59
rate
was discriminatory and was
never  authorized  by  Commission;   rate now charged
is in accordance with tariff.
Elk Creek Waterworks
George, F. A.
Aug. 29, 1950
Request that company be re
Complainant correctly served
Co. Ltd., The
quired  to   serve   dairy   on
fiat rate
on meter rate;   flat rate not
appropriate for this type of
service.
General Utility Co.
Deighton, E. C.
Mar. 21,1950
Excessive  cost  of extension
Cost  of  extension   correctly
Ltd.
of water mains
calculated; Commission suggested to company that provision in tariff  for refund
of the capital contributions
should be amended.
Milliken, A. C	
Hope and District
Board of Trade
July   31,1950
General complaint re water
Complaint unreasonable; there
rates at Yale
was ample public notice of
rates before they were ac
cepted for filing.
Waters, A.            	
Nicholas, B.
Sept. 29,1950
Billing   of   store   and   post-
office at Vananda as sepa
Utility has right by the terms
of its tariff to insist on ser
rate premises
vice  through  separate  meters.
Charges  in   accordance  with
West Kootenay Power
Foulds, H. A	
June   12,1950
Excessive charge for tempo
and Light Co., Ltd.
rary connections, and failure   of   company   to   pay
interest on security deposits
tariff; not usual for utilities
to   pay   interest   on   small
security deposits.   Copy of
the company's reply sent to
complainant.
Graham, A. A. M.
July   31,1950
Retention by company of deposit  for  irrigation  power
service at Osoyoos, in addition to monthly charge for
service
Company agreed to apply deposit to monthly consumption.
Vickers, H. H.
Mar. 30,1950
Complainant required to pay
cost of relocation of line
Misunderstanding on the part
of a company official;   cost
paid by company. J 22
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Table 8.—Applications by Public Utilities for Approval of Security Issues
and Mortgages Received or Decided in 1950
Applicant
Nature and Amount of Issue
Purpose
Date of
Application
Disposition
British Columbia Elec
60,000 434%  cumulative re
Additions,    extensions,    and
Jan.   20, 1950
Granted;  Jan. 23,
tric Co. Ltd.
deemable  preferred  shares
of $100 each
betterments to and of the
plants and systems of the
applicant   and   its   subsidiaries
1950.
$20,000,000 of first mortgage
Additions,    extensions,    and
Mar.    6, 1950
Granted;   Mar. 6,
bonds, 31/2%, Series "E"
betterments to and of the
plants . and systems  of the
applicant   and  its  subsidiaries
1950.
British Columbia Elec
$14,000,000 of 3Vi% general
To be issued to British Co
Mar. 20,1950
Granted; Mar. 29,
tric Railway Co.,1
mortgage bonds, 1950 Series
lumbia   Electric   Co.   Ltd.
1950.
Ltd.
from time to time over a
period    of    approximately
eighteen months for use by
British   Columbia   Electric
Co.   Ltd.   as   part   of   the
security for its first' mortgage bonds
Chilliwack Telephones
(1) 15,000 5% cumulative re
Replacements, improvements,
Oct.     6, 1950
Granted; Nov. 20,
Ltd.
deemable  preferred  shares
having a par value of $10
each;   (2) $200,000 of 4%
first mortgage bonds to be
secured by a deed of trust
and mortgage in favour of
Montreal Trust Co.
and additions of and to the
property of the  applicant,
and for retiring short-term
notes   and   redeeming   and
retiring 500 6% cumulative
preference   shares   at   the
par value thereof of $100
per share
1950.
Galiano   Light   and
(1)  A  3-year  renewable de
To   secure   by   a   floating
Feb.   20, 1950
Granted; Mar. 10,
Power Co. Ltd.
benture with interest at 3%
per  annum, payable quarterly
charge on the assets of the
applicant a loan to it by
P. Scoones of $2,000
1950.
(2) 55 shares of capital stock
Additions to plant and sys
Mar.    6,1950
Granted; Mar. 10,
at  their  par value of $50
tem of the applicant
1950.
per share
(3) 50 shares of capital stock
Additions to plant and sys
Oct.     2, 1950
Granted;    Oct.  6,
at  their par value of $50
tem of the applicant
1950.
per share
-
Kootenay  Telephone
(1) 600 ordinary shares of a
Replacements, improvements,
Oct.     6, 1950
Granted; Nov. 20,
Co. Ltd.
par   value   of   $100   each;
(2)   15,000  5%   cumulative
redeemable preferred shares
having a par value of $10
each;   (3) $250,000 of 4%
first mortgage bonds to be
secured by a deed of trust
and mortgage in favour of
Montreal Trust Co.
and additions of and to the
property   of  the   applicant
and   retiring   short-term
notes
1950.
North-West Telephone
(1) 25,000 5% cumulative re
Replacements, improvements,
Oct.     6, 1950
Granted; Nov. 20,
Co.
deemable  preferred   shares
having a par value of $10
each;   (2) $250,000 of 4%
first mortgage bonds to be
secured by a deed of trust
and mortgage in favour of
Montreal Trust Co.
and additions of and to the
property of the applicant
1950.
Okanagan Telephone
Issue and sale to Okanagan
To retire  outstanding  bank
Nov.  13, 1950
Granted; Nov. 14,
Co.
Valley Telephone Co. Ltd.
at a price of $160 per share
of 1,460 shares of capital
stock  of  a  par  value  of
$100 each
loans
1950.
A transfer on the books of
To carry out the terms of a
Nov. 13, 1950
Granted; Nov. 14,
Okanagan   Telephone   Co.
trust deed in favour of the
1950.
of any of the 1,460 shares
Canada Trust Co., securing
authorized   above   from
a debenture issue of Oka
Okanagan Valley Telephone
nagan    Valley   Telephone
Co.   Ltd.   to   the   Canada
Co.    Ltd.    (not   a   public
Trust Co. as trustee for the
utility)
•
debenture holders REPORT OF THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION
J 23
Table 9.—Applications for Approval of Sales of Assets of Public Utility
Systems Received or Decided in 1950
Applicant
Transferee
Property Sold or Transferred
Date of
Application
Disposition
Cumberland   and   Union
Waterworks Co. Ltd.
East Trail Water Co. Ltd...
Harrison   Hot   Springs
Hotel Co. Ltd.
Lytton Electric Light Co.
Ltd.
Lytton Water Supply Co.
Ltd.
Miller, George	
Qualicum Water Co. Ltd—
Summerland  Telephone
Co. Ltd.
Cumberland, City of_
Trail, City of	
British Columbia Electric
Railway Co., Ltd.
British Columbia Electric
Co. Ltd.
Lytton, Village of	
British Columbia Electric
Co. Ltd.
Qualicum Beach, Village
of
Okanagan Telephone Co...
Waterworks system at Cumberland
Waterworks system at Shaver's Bench
Electric-power distribution
system at Harrison Hot
Springs
Electric-power plant and
system in and about Lytton
Waterworks system in and
about Lytton
Electric-power plant and
system at Yale
Waterworks system at Qualicum Beach
Distribution of assets of
applicant, on a voluntary
liquidation, to Okanagan
Telephone Co. as beneficial
owner of all its issued
shares
Mar.
Dec.
Aug.
Dec.
Aug.
Feb.
Apr.
June
28,1950
19,1950
9, 1950
10, 1949
9,1950
16, 1950
22, 1950
20, 1950
Granted;   May 3,
1950.
Not concluded in
1950.
Granted;   Aug. 9,
1950.
Granted;   Jan.  5,
1950.
Granted; Aug. 21,
1950.
Granted; Mar. 10,
1950.
Granted;  June 29,
1950.
Granted;  June 26,
1950.
Table 10.—Comparative Statement of Revenue and Expenses ("Public
Utilities Act " and "Motor Carrier Act "), 1940-1950
Revenue
Expenses
Year
" Motor
Carrier
Act"
" Public
Utilities
Act"
1940   .                      	
$149,038.19
171,170.06
175,945.67
173,714.09
183,524.00
211,777.09
328,080.08
355,227.60
382,309.44
402,516.19
434,611.20
$69,229.50
67,952.13
68,956.02
63,274.33
70,555.02
78,002.08
111,984.66
141,011.90
177,124.16
201,202.28
212,734.32
$45,388.62
1941                                            .-  —   — 	
43,935.09
1942                             -	
42,481.88
1943                                            _      	
40,724.35
1944   .              	
44,613.41
1945    . - -	
47,649.45
1946 	
48,715.34
1047
56,082.49
1948                                                                                                     • _
57,721.50
1949                                                  -	
61,477.27
1950                              -                	
64,036.71
$2,967,913.61
$1,262,026.40
$552,826.11
Net revenue over expenses, 1940 to 1950, $1,153,061.10.
VICTORIA, B.C.
Printed by Don McDiarmid, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty
1951
495-751-7767 

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