Wednesday, June 11, 2008

City unveils slate of public pay toilets

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."

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