The results of the Cootes Drive crossing are in, available as a pdf here.
Clearly a countdown signal is preferred (80%) at the location, and 40 km/h the desired speed limit.
Less clear is this: what will the Cootes crossing users get from the city?
At this point there doesn't seem to by any interest in "traffic calming" i.e. fulfilling the recommended speed reduction by narrowing lanes and changing the roadside environment put forward by Synectics.
After an initial refusal to consider a countdown signal for the pedestrian crossing, there may be a willingness to rethink it from the city.
We were hoping to put this whole issue to bed, but it continues to defy closure.