Man tours Ontario with $1 billion

Have you ever wondered what $1 billion looks like?

Well, a Vaughan man — with permission from the Bank of Canada — printed out a representation of the sum and is taking the bills on a tour of Ontario.

Antony Niro told CFRA he wants to give people a clearer picture of what the cancellation of two gas plants really looks like.

"We were told it would be $40 million and it ended up being $1.12 billion," said Niro, who is an engineer. "What I wanted to do was do something a little different and physically represent the waste. And this is what I did: I printed up a billion dollars, filled up six skids and now I'm putting it on display and getting the public's reaction."

He said those he spoke with were shocked.

Niro set up the money on Sparks Street Wednesday, where dozens of people stopped dead in their tracks to take a look.

The money, which is printed out in $100 bills that are slightly larger than the ones you would get from a bank machine, weighs roughly three tonnes.

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