Woman arrested over Toronto anthrax hoax

A woman has been arrested in connection with a suspicious, powder-filled package delivered to a building in downtown Toronto, prompting an evacuation of the offices of Liberal Leader Bob Rae and Ontario MPP Glen Murray.

Police confirmed that an envelope containing a white powder was delivered to the constituency office shortly after 2 p.m. on July 5. Seven people soon became ill and began coughing and sneezing. They were treated at the scene and none were hospitalized, according to TheStar.com.

The approximately 50-year-old woman who delivered the package was later arrested. Her name has not been released by authorities, who are still looking for a motive in the case. They believe the woman may have mental health problems and has, according to office staff, visited the area frequently.

The contents of the package are still being analyzed, but police do not think it contained anthrax, TheStar.com reports.

MPP Murray released a statement on his website praising his staff for the way they handled the situation.

"Public service entails risk, which is borne not only by elected officials, but also by our staff,” Murray wrote, according to GlenMurray.onmpp.ca. “We are incredibly proud of our team, their courage and grace, and the outstanding work they do on behalf of our constituents in Toronto Centre. That work continues unabated.”