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Paul Langan

Paul Langan
Author/Historian

Paul Langan is working on releasing 7 publications in 2022. They are:
- Sabotage in Hespeler  (a short story), 
 - Alternatives Denied - The $100,000,000 Highway 7 Fiasco (2000 reprint),
- Play and Coach Hockey Like 1959!,
- The History of  Fisher Mills and Beaverdale, Ontario,
- VIA Rail Canada vs The Public 
- The Shipwreck of the "Scotland"
- The Canadian Brucellosis Incident (a short story)
 
Paul released 6 books in 2021. They are:
 
Forgotten Monorails of Canada (12/2020),  
Tragedy in Galt - The May 2nd, 1956 CP Rail Crash (01/2021),
Remembering Glen Christie - The History of the Village of Glen Christie, ON from those that lived there (06/01/2021).
Tales of Opera - Waterloo County/ Region 1885-2020 (09/23/2021)
Hespeler History - The Authorized Winfield Brewster Collection (11/10/2021)
Classic Hockey Stories from Pulps Golden Era, 1930s-1950s, (12/04/2021)
 
He previous has written  five local history booklets during the period of 1998-2002. They are now out of print. Check out the Books page for more details. 

Family

Debra Langan is professor at WLU Brantford. Son Dylan Langan has a Masters in Community Music and is the Conductor, Composer and Artistic Director currently owner of  Yellow Brick Music.  Daughter Katie Langan, has her Master of Applied Human Nutrition and is a Registered Dietitian. She works as a dietitian at Centre for Bariatric Excellence at Guelph General Hospital.

High Speed Rail Canada

Paul  has been fighting for increased passenger rail service in Canada for over 20 years. He is the founder of High Speed Rail Canada. It is an educational online resource centre on high speed rail.  http://www.highspeedrailcanada.com.

Community Youth Sports Volunteer

Paul has volunteered most of his adult life in youth sports organizations. He coached and was convenor for Hespeler Minor Hockey. He was a coach for Cambridge Youth Soccer. He was the founder and President of Scorpions Youth Volleyball Club from 2010-2021.

Recognition Awards Given to Paul Langan


2016 - Ontario Volleyball Association Recognition Award
2014 - Cambridge Sports Contributor of the Year Award
2012 - Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal Recipient
2011 - Ontario Volleyball Association Male Developmental Coach of the Year Award
2001 - Rudolph Boost Heritage Award - City of Cambridge
 
 
 
 

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