Sleek new benches, bus shelters and garbage cans will start gracing Toronto street corners by the end of the month, but by next summer a fixture of an entirely different kind will appear on the urban landscape: public loos.
The public toilets will cost a loonie and be equipped with a system that automatically sterilizes the floors, sinks and toilets after each use.
"Those are like the ones you'd see in Paris or Berlin
where you need to put a dollar to get in," said Luc Sabbatini, president of Astral Media Outdoor, a division of the Canadian media company that won a bid to supply Toronto with $1-billion worth of street furniture over the next two decades. "They're very modern, very expensive, all in stainless steel. They clean themselves automatically once you leave the washroom."