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Police search for missing York student Amina Lawal

Police are searching for a York University student who went missing nearly a week ago.

Amina Lawal, 19, was last seen on Friday, March 20, 2015, in the Kingston Road and Beechgrove Drive area, according to police, who released a statement saying they are “concerned for her safety.”

Lawal is described as black, 5’2”, and approximately 100 pounds with a thin build and long, braided hair.

The hashtags #FindAmina and #HelpFindAmina have been used by many people who are trying to help locate Lawal.

Police are asking that anyone with information call them at 416-808-4300 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or on Facebook.

Additional photos via bellanaija

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After he got no RSVPs to his party, Ontario boy receives birthday wishes from thousands on social media

An Ontario teenager who didn’t receive a single answer after putting out invitations for his birthday party on Friday has received an outpouring of support.

Melissa Camus set up a Facebook page for her son Odin and a website in Peterborough that promotes events in the Ontario community.

The Facebook page describes Odin as a 13-year-old boy who suffers from Aspergers syndrome, a disorder that impairs the ability to communicate and socialize with others.

It says Odin has difficulty making friends and instead of a birthday party his mother set up a bowling night at a local ally.

Odin has received an outpouring of good wishes on Twitter, from Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, and the Toronto Maple Leafs and Raptors among many others.

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Sorry to stray from my blog theme, but I really am in a dire situation and I need help desperately.

My name is Alyx. I’m 22 (soon to be 23) and currently I live in Toronto, Ontario. I’m a non-binary unemployed student in an amazing program known as the Assaulted Women’s and Children’s Counsellor/Advocate program. I hope to one day work with at-risk youth in shelters and day programs and go on to be a guidance counsellor at a high school. By the time I graduate, I will be $20k in debt from tuition and living expenses provided by OSAP.

I grew up in poverty and was kicked out of my dad’s home at 19. I’ve survived on my own this long and lived with my mother for a little while until I could go to school. She works as a crossing guard and takes care of my severely autistic brother with what little money she has. The only way I could afford to go to school was with OSAP. However, the school year is drawing to a close, and I have run out of money to support myself with.

I have been attempting to find a job since I moved to Toronto in September but with no luck. There aren’t many places who would support someone with a non-binary identity.  My rent for the place that I live, one of the cheapest and most accepting places I could find, is $450 a month. I used up all of my savings on text books and transportation to school when I moved here, and right now I am down to $37.41 in my bank account and am racking up more debt by using my Visa to buy groceries and tokens for transportation to school.

I have my last month’s rent (April) but after that, if I don’t have enough money, I will lose my home and will either be homeless in the city or return to live with my mother and have to drop out of school.

My work at school is what is keeping me healthy and sane, and if I lose that, I don’t know what kind of a state I would be in. I need to finish school so I can help my community and youth who are facing struggles with their gender identities, sexual/romantic orientations, and overall mental health.

I am asking for help so I can keep myself in my home and with enough groceries to help me survive until I can find a job or get OSAP funding again. I’m scared that I won’t find one soon due to my identity and will be evicted as a result.

Please, if you can, help a non-binary student stay in the positive, healthy environment so they can go on to help others in the future.

Thank you very much.

(even if you could signal boost this I would be grateful)

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A frozen Niagra Falls in Ontario, Canada. Photograph by Mark Duffy.