STAY WELL & SPARKLE: Cruel but Usual Punishment

Horatio Toussaint

Joyful!  That’s the best way to describe Mr. Horatio Toussaint of Pointe Michel. This man is a glowing testimony to Dominica’s distinction as the place for strong and healthy seniors. How does he make you feel? You tell me after listening to him in a minute. And yet, a singular mystery hangs over him like a dark cloud. It is the kind of travesty that makes people shake their heads in utter frustration and groan, “Only in Dominica!”

I do not have all the facts. I trust that the authorities will quickly clarify the matter brought up toward the end of the interview. What we do know is that years ago, Government presented Mr. Toussaint with an award for top farmer of the village. His exploits in agriculture are legendary. He was recognized for assisting with extensive recovery work after Hurricane David. Government contracted him to build animal enclosures at Stockfarm. Most notably, he succeeded in using donkey manure to produce cooking gas while a handful of others taught the skill had failed. In fact, he improvised on the instructions of the German experts when their ‘bio-gas’ demonstration did not work. In his backyard, I saw the ruins myself. Can we resurrect that potential? Our scientists at home and abroad will follow up on that.

A cultural icon, Mr. Toussaint illustrates in vivid imagery, his feats as a bandmaster. He taught himself to play nine instruments. His eyes sparkle as he recalls being called upon to perform for the high class when victory celebrations broke out at the end of World War II. His reflection on the racial separation in those days of local ‘apartheid’ is quite telling.

My bright and beautiful Sunday morning with this delightful gentleman is far and away one of the highlights of my year. But what of this ‘dark cloud?’ Have others been treated this cruel way? Has this pattern become so usual that citizens just give up? Listen to Mr. Toussaint in his own words and you decide:

Dr. Christian is a surgeon and author who writes on health and development-related matters. He can be contacted be at 767 440-9133 (office), 767 265-0886 (whatsapp) or through

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  1. Vindictive to the Core
    August 28, 2017


    It doesn’t get more heartless than this, to deny old age benefits to a man almost 100 – just because he has no papers – through no fault of his own! I would take by in front and dissociate myself from this action. But to do that, one must have a conscience.

    Sadly, this is increasingly in short supply in Dominica. God help us!
    That’s right Mr. Toussaint. Don’t mind them. Stay happy. Your family and your people love you. Thanks for all you did – and still do!

  2. Gary
    August 28, 2017

    Wow, why such sensationalism.What is the evidence of the cruel and unusual punishment that Mr.Horatio Toussaint faced.Why distort something to advance your political ambitions.

  3. megso
    August 28, 2017

    In spite of the leading questions Mr. Toussaint remains a gentleman. Old school will tell every time.

    Who else in Dominica can say they would not take the opportunity to get political & lambaste the Govt. over such a question, but this Man , inspite of the obvious wrong being done to Him still preserves His dignity.

    Well done Sir. I salute You

  4. Real Truth
    August 28, 2017

    Hello Doc,
    This article and audio presentation was one of the most enjoyable and informative media presentations I’ve expirenced
    On DNO. I believe the Government of Dominica is making a grave mistake not recognizing and providing just dues and means to its precious Seniors and national treasures such as Mr. Toussaint…
    The Bible says, Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land….. Wake up Dominica .

  5. megso
    August 28, 2017

    Did not say when His bio-gas production was started, but Stanley Boyd was producing & using bio-gas in His backyard when He lived on Victoria Street in the 70’s…

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