Investigation launched into white powder sent to Canadian political office

An envelope containing a mysterious white powder was delivered to the shared offices of Member of the Provincial Parliament Glen Murray and Member of Parliament Bob Rae last Tuesday at 2:15 p.m.

Officers with the 51 Division secured the area around the office at 514 N. Parliament St., while waiting for the chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear response team to arrive, according to the Globe and Mail.

"Earlier today, a suspicious package was delivered to my constituency office in Toronto," Murray said in a statement, according to City TV. "The situation was resolved without incident or harm to any member of my staff. I am grateful to the police and emergency crews for responding promptly and professionally, and for taking excellent care of my staff, whose wellbeing was and is my primary concern. I am relieved that all of them are completely safe."

The powder caused sneezing, itching and coughing among building employees who came into contact with the substance, but a spokesperson for Mr. Murray said that it was a non-toxic, non-poisonous substance that health officials reported as "innocuous," according to Global Toronto. The employees were treated at the scene and are all fine, Mike Ervick, staff sergeant of the Toronto Police Station, said, according to City TV.

A 50-year-old woman, thought to be emotionally disturbed, has been arrested and remains in custody. The substance is being tested for identification purposes.