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Mayor catches romantics in ‘intimate embrace’ in ‘O’ of famous ‘TORONTO’ sign

TORONTO – Mayor John Tory says he has caught people canoodling in the “O” of the iconic “TORONTO” sign in Nathan Phillips Square.

“There is something about the ‘O’,” he said, adding that he has seen people “engage in intimate activity” within the sign while on his way in to work.

“When I come here to work at 6:30 in the morning, there are people who are certainly engaged in a passionate embrace inside the ‘O,’” he said.

“I think that’s having its wear and tear on the thing.”

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The sign was originally proposed to move to various locations as suggested by residents of the city, but Tory said Sunday the sign would permanently remain at Nathan Phillips Square.

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“It was deemed inadvisable and it would be quite expensive to move it,” Tory said, adding that it would cost approximately $2,000 to $3,000 to move the sign.

“We’ll leave it here and we’ll see about having a mobile one and then we’ll see if whether we need a new one if people want it to stay after 2016.”

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