The north side of the Vancouver Art Gallery is fenced off as a new plaza is being created.
As a result, hundreds of protesters gathered on the south side of the building today to urge the federal government to allow more refugees from Syria.
Several speakers at the Vancouver rally condemned the Conservative government for allowing too few people to come to Canada to escape the Syrian civil war.
Canada has accepted approximately 2,500 refugees from the war-torn Middle Eastern country.
The Vancouver demonstration came on the same day that Pope Francis announced that two Syrian families will be housed at the Vatican.
The pontiff also urged monasteries, churches, and parishes to shelter refugees from Syria.
Pope Francis's pledge came after humanitarian and musician Bob Geldof declared that he will invite four Syrian refugee families to stay in his homes in Kent and London.
Geldof was music editor of the Georgia Straight when he lived in Vancouver in the mid 1970s.