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Cancer Agency extends hours after appointments cancelled because of mysterious odour

The source of the odour that prompted evacuation of the second floor remains under investigation.
Emergency and hazmat crews investigate a noxious odour at the B.C. Cancer Agency building on Thursday. ADRIAN LAM, TIMES COLONIST

The B.C. Cancer Agency extended its hours Friday and will do the same Saturday to accommodate all of the chemotherapy appointments cancelled on Thursday when its second floor was evacuated due to a noxious odour.

Thirty-five chemotherapy appointments were rescheduled from Thursday to Friday or Saturday after the incident.

The source of the odour remains under investigation.

Capital Regional District hazardous-materials experts and the Saanich Fire Department focused some of their investigative efforts on the pharmacy and nearby chemotherapy area, the Provincial Health Services Authority said Friday.

A small number of patients with appointments in other parts of the agency, located behind Royal Jubilee Hospital, will be rescheduled to a future date.

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