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that he is unafraid to approach hostile, new challenges with imperfect information,
push his limits and accept that his decisions will have serious consequences.
Time will tell if the spectre of appellate review induces more
trepidation in Mr. Justice Majawa than the risk of a high-speed ski crash or
a fall from his mountain bike currently does.
The epitaph on the tombstone of architect Buckminster Fuller is “Call Me
Trimtab”. Fuller’s metaphor describes how the small actions of an individual
can have a large influence on society, just as the trimtab—the tiny rudder
placed on the larger rudder of a ship—initiates the turn that ultimately
changes the course of a massive vessel. As a person and a lawyer, Mr. Justice
Majawa has already had an important and positive impact on his professional
and personal communities. In his new role as a Supreme Court
justice with the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the legal
landscape of British Columbia, he will surely have a profound and positive
influence on the judicial system and those appearing before him for many
years. Both the court and society are made better by his appointment.