Its kind of bs that they didnt tell me this in the first place
its BS, regardless.
you need a different shop. how big is whitehorse? 2 shops?
it could be dead, but nothing you have said, or claim they said, makes me think this is the case. of course it is not unusual for non-mechanics to have a translation problem when speak ''repair''.
you need hard data, like cylinder compression, and is the timing belt installed correctly. and until you / we know some details there isn't much we can do to help.
find a different shop be fore you throw the car away or agree to spend a bunch of money on a replacement or rebuild.