City of Toronto: Don't let Ryerson renege on the deal to put back Sam the Record Man signage
  • Petitioned Councillor Paula Fletcher

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Toronto and East York Community Council, Chair - councillor_fletcher@toronto.ca
Councillor Paula Fletcher
Toronto and East York Community Council, local Councillor - councillor_wongtam@toronto.ca
Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam

City of Toronto: Don't let Ryerson renege on the deal to put back Sam the Record Man signage

    1. Petition by

      The People of Toronto

The agreement between Toronto and Ryerson University was that they would put the Sam the Record Man sign back up after it was removed for construction.  Now the city is going to let them out of this deal because Ryerson doesn't like the aestehtics, feels it will be expensive, and a myriad of other complaints that frankly are not relevant because they are just not our problem.  The only thing that's relevant is that they were allowed to build at this location if they agreed to put the sign back up.  So they should.

And they legally have to.  Unless the city turns the other cheek.

We're asking the city to do the absolute bare minimum, and make Ryerson honour the deal they made with the people of Toronto. It's a joke that this is even a debate. This is not pro or anti Ryerson, this is pro the people of Toronto and our interests over the interests of Ryerson. Ryerson made a legal pledge to us and now we just want them to honour the deal. End of story.

To:
Councillor Paula Fletcher, Toronto and East York Community Council, Chair - councillor_fletcher@toronto.ca
Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, Toronto and East York Community Council, local Councillor - councillor_wongtam@toronto.ca
Do not let Ryerson reneg on the deal to put up Sam the Record Man signage

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. BlogTO article

      BlogTO wrote a good post on our petition, below. It should be noted - that in response to Ryerson's claim of mercury leaks - that the sign was safely hung for decades without any incident.

      Furthermore, if they deem that there is a risk, then the sign should indeed be fixed. But it's their responsibility to pay for repairs to make sure the sign is up to code. When you sign a contract and buy a house, for example, you are responsible for doing due diligence into how good the foundation is, etc. You can't come back to the former owner - 3 years later - and demand they fix your patio or something like that.

      In this case, Ryerson agreed to put the sign back up. If they have problems with the safety of hanging it then they are responsible for repairs and bringing the sign up to code. It doesn't mean they can renege on the deal to put it back up.

      http://www.blogto.com/city/2013/09/petition_hopes_to_save_the_sam_the_record_man_sign/

      Petition hopes to save the Sam the Record Man sign

      Brett Clifton doesn't want the Sam the Record Man sign to gather dust in a warehouse, but he needs your help to make it happen. An online petition started by the city employee wants members of the local community council to hold Ryerson University to its end of a five-year-old...

    3. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Dinah R. Draper TORONTO, ONTARIO CANADA, CA
      • 9 months ago

      If there is a risk, then the sign should indeed be fixed. But it's their responsibility to pay for repairs to make sure the sign is up to code. Do not let Ryerson reneg on the deal to put up Sam the Record Man signage.

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    • Jay Havard SHERMAN OAKS, CA
      • 9 months ago

      I used to live in Toronto and that Iconic sign is a piece of history. I am disgusted that Ryerson is reneging on the deal, if they ever in good faith planned on doing it.

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    • ian mohammed ORONO, CANADA
      • 11 months ago

      I was in charge of making the sign light for the last time for nuit blanche, I was also the one who removed every piece of glass and documented every piece, the sign is historic and to my knowledge with everyone I met from Ryerson, the sign was to be reinstalled,what is the reason for it not being re installed? Price? I could tell you exact cost of doing this as the majorty of the sign still worked.and the sign box and structure is in great condition

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    • Jeff Harrison TORONTO, CANADA
      • 12 months ago

      The sign is an iconic and historical part of Toronto's Yonge Street heritage.

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    • AJ Ing TORONTO, CANADA
      • 12 months ago

      I Love Music and its a Historical Building!

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