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City employee launches petition to save Sam the Record Man sign

File photo of the Sam The Record Man music store on Yonge Street. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Don Denton

A City of Toronto employee has launched an online petition to force Ryerson University to preserve the old Sam the Record Man sign, a sign that for decades was a beacon for music lovers on Yonge Street.

Ryerson bought the land at Yonge and Gould in 2008 and promised to hang the sign in its new student learning centre, but now the school says they can’t afford to refurbish it, and have also raised safety concerns.

Instead, Ryerson wants to put a plaque in the sidewalk where Sam’s used to be.

The matter goes to Toronto and East York Community Council next week.

The petition has several hundred signatures so far.