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Sam the Record Man sign held in trailer north of Toronto

The flagship Sam the Record Man store at 347 Yonge Street at Gould Street in downtown Toronto, Canada on June 29, 2007, one day before closing permanently on June 30, 2007. Michael Hudson / The Canadian Press

TORONTO – While the fate of the iconic Sam the Record Man sign hangs in the balance of a pending city council decision, the sign itself is sitting, leaned up against the wall of a trailer.

Councillor Josh Matlow tweeted a photo Tuesday of the Sam sign, in pieces, inside an immovable trailer on the Ryerson property.

Matlow said the trailer is parked north of Toronto. It also contains red boards that would be used to recapture the original colour of the building and some of the mercury used to light the sign.

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The sign was supposed to be reinstalled onto Yonge Street or Gould Street as part of a commitment made by Ryerson University when it purchased the buildings that housed the record store in 2008.

City staff is investigating whether Ryerson should be held to its 2008 promise.

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